WHO ARE THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS?
Called “the strong right arm of the Church” by Pope St. John Paul II, the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Haven, CT. Over the course of the last 135 years, the Knights of Columbus has grown to become the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world. Today the KofC has almost 15,000 Councils with a total world-wide membership of over 1.9-million.
The Knights are dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism – and driven by our motto: “In service to one. In service to all.”
In 2015 alone the Knights of Columbus gave over $175-million to charities and performed over 73.5-million man-hours of voluntary service.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
CHARITY – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus 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.
UNITY – 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. We stick together… we support one another. As a member of the Knights 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.
FRATERNITY – Ven. Fr. 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 the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 73.5 million service hours in 2015, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.
PATRIOTISM – Members of the Knights of Columbus are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and our country, and we 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.