Knights of Columbus (K of C) is an international fraternal organization promoting sanctity of life, supporting the role and goals of the Catholic Church, and striving to make its members the best versions of Catholic/Christian men, husbands and fathers.
Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney of St. Mary’s Church (New Haven, Connecticut) formed K of C in 1882 as a fraternal benefit society. To this day, the Order remains true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. From humble beginnings, K of C has grown to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members. Councils exist on all continents (except Antarctica). Most councils are part of Catholic parishes, but there are also independent councils with members from many parishes, and councils have been formed on many military installations in the U.S. and abroad. The cause for Blessed Father McGivney’s sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican.
In addition to helping men develop into the best versions of themselves, the Knights provide economic security for members and their families in the form of insurance, mutual aid and assistance to sick, disabled and needy. It contributes time and energy worldwide to communities and disaster relief. Social, Spiritual and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through education, charity, religion, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.