Who we are

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, along with some of his parishioners. Its mission then was to become a fraternal benefit society and it remains steadfast to its original principles of charity, unity, and fraternity. The Knights of Columbus rendered financial aid to its members and their families. Aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled, and needy members and their families. Social and fraternal fellowship is encouraged among its members and their families. Its activities include educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

Our St. Brigid of Kildare Council 10863 was formed in 1992 and now has over 200 members contributing to its many projects for the parish, the local community, the Diocese of Columbus, and the universal Catholic Church.