What We Stand For

Please read the following sections to understand what the Knights of Columbus stand for, because if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

ORIGINS

On October 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country and their families and their Faith. These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought the Holy Faith to this New World. They were Knights of Columbus

The roots of the Knights of Columbus were planted in the rich soil that was 19th century North America. Out of the melting pot of the 1880's, our Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization emerged as a beacon of hope for masses.

Whether helping the poor, the sick, the orphaned and the widowed, or supporting their Catholic brothers with their practical or spiritual needs, the first Knights of Columbus stood ready to help.

Since 1882, we've been working for the improvement in the lives of our members and our societies. Today, the Knights of Columbus boasts a membership of over 1.6 million strong, and growing!

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PRO-LIFE ACTIVITIES

The Knights of Columbus champions life from conception to natural death. The Order supports the Church in its work to defend human life, provides financial assistance to national and local right-to-life groups, and prays for the protection of life.

9-11 Hero's Fund

Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, 416 families of emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers each have received $3,000 checks from the Knights of Columbus from a special $1 million Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund established Sept. 12 by Order. The checks were given to the families of all deceased heroes regardless of whether they were Catholics or members of the Knights. The fund was created with $500,000 from the Supreme Council and more than $500,000 raised and donated by local Knights of Columbus units throughout North America and elsewhere. A total of $1,251,000 in Heroes Fund benefits have been disbursed.

Knights of Columbus

have helped to build and support the Catholic Church, from the United States to the Philippines. Knights have lived for their faith in Canada, and died for their faith in Mexico. Throughout the history of the Order, in these and many other ways, Knights of Columbus have provided immeasurable support to their families and communities, to their countries and the Church. The Knights of Columbus has enabled its members to strengthen and protect their loved ones - spiritually, by developing their faith, and financially, with the highest quality life insurance available, a product that has brought security and prosperity to millions of Knights and their families.

Through their dedication to the ideals of the Order - Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism - and through their fidelity to Christ's Church and his Vicar, the Knights of Columbus continue to be what they were called long ago: "The Strong Right Arm of the Church."

Our chapter has supported youth activities, educational projects, Columbian Squires, our Parish, the school, seminarians and seminaries. The Tracy chapter has supported vocations by donating all monies made through our dinners for the religious education of many.

The Knights (world wide) have donated $315.9 million to Church related projects. The Knights have reported through volunteering 58,941,551 hours of service.