All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community...
The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.4
Patrotism Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens..
Out of this small beginning, the Knights of Columbus has grown into an organization of 1.7 million members throughout the United States and with strong presence in Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Poland. The Knights continue to promote the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism originally laid down by Fr. McGiveny. This is accomplished through the basic unit of the Knights, the local council, which usually maintains a relationship with one or more parishes in its geographical area. With guidance and assistance from the state and national offices, the work of the Knights is accomplished in the council through its officers and directors who guide the council in its charitable work and in its mission to be of service to the church and the community.
Concomitantly, in accordance with Fr. McGiveny’s vision, the national organization of the Knights operates an insurance program for the benefit of its members and their families and provides both life insurance and long term care insurance policies as well as annuities. The Knights of Columbus insurance arm continues to receive the highest ratings from two national insurance rating companies and currently has more than $60 billion dollars of coverage outstanding. There is, of course, no obligation on the part of any member to purchase insurance through the Knights, but one who is considering buying such a policy would do well to consider this excellent program.
If you are a Catholic man and and have come to our website because you think you might be interested in the Knights, I encourage you to look us over. We are always interested in men who might be seeking a fraternal and service organization through which they can be of service to our Church, our parishes and our community and where they can enjoy the companionship of like minded fellows. And while the Knights is a male only organization, we hold our families in the highest regard and virtually all of our events and celebrations are open to our families and friends.
I would be pleased to meet with you and your families to talk about the Knights and what we can offer you. And be sure to check out our national website and our state website for more information.
Deputy Grand Knight.
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 in New Haven, CT by Fr. Michael McGivney, pastor of a parish in a working class section of the city.
The young Fr. McGiveny had seen a need for a fraternal organization for working Catholic men a, primarily factory workers, to provide them an opportunity for fellowship and activities as a means of strengthening their families, their catholic faith and providing mutual support for the members. Fr. McGiveny also identified a serious need for financial assistance for families where the husband/father, usually the only breadwinner in the family, was seriously injured or killed on or off the job.
To accomplish the latter, Fr. McGiveny established an insurance fund, paid into by the members, for the financial security of member’s families who had found themselves in just such dire straits.