Origin of The Knights of Columbus
On October 2, 1881, Father Michael J. McGivney, brought together a group of laymen from his parish, St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. He proposed the establishment of a lay program to unite Catholic men, to prevent them from entering antithetical secret societies that would support the families of deceased members. The Knights of Columbus was founded on February 1882 and chose the Christopher Columbus as their patron. to celebrate their loyalty to both their country and their faith.The word knights was also chosen to demonstrate the knights values of virtue and service to others. The Order has evolved into a service organization with a strong family orientation. The Knights of Columbus remains headquartered in New Haven, but is now present with nearly 12,000 Councils worldwide.
The core values of the Knights of Columbus are Charity, faith, and fraternity. These values drive our mission to support our parishes, families and communities through charity in living our faith and doing it through fellowship with our brother Knights. We support many charitable efforts, including bringing families togethers and supporting the families of deceased knights. One way the Knights supports families is by providing financial security to members and their families.