Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic men that was founded by a priest, Father McGivney, in 1882. Based on a foundation of faith, family and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus is around 1.6 million members strong, with 12,000 local units, called councils, in 13 countries.
To become a member of the Knights of Columbus you must be a practicing Catholic male age 18 or older.
There are four degrees of Knighthood. They are dedicated to the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.
One of Father McGivney’s initial objectives in founding the Order was to provide security for the widows and children of deceased members. The Knights of Columbus insurance program offers its certificate holders a versatile portfolio of protection – all done “for Brother Knights by Brother Knights.”
Each year the Knights of Columbus donates around 1.5 million dollars and many, many hours to charity.
It was the leadership of the Knights which finally succeeded in having the words “under God” inserted in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. The Knights also believe there is no more important objective they could have than a Crusade for Life, with some 1.5 million unborn babies being killed by abortion each year in North America.
Locally, the Knights of Columbus help St. Mary Parish with labor when needed, conduct a pancake breakfast for newcomers, assist as ushers at Mass, organize fundraisers, collect monetary donations for the handicapped of our community, etc.
Contact: Scott Linnane
Phone Number: 740.971.4088
Knights of Columbus Local Address: 21 S. Henry St., Delaware, OH 43015.