The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus was formed through the vision and foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT in response to the devastation he observed within the families of his parish when the primary provider lost his job, fell ill or died. The Knights of Columbus has grown from the humble beginnings of October, 1881, when a few men assembled with Father McGivney resolved to join together to provide mutual aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy, to become the largest Catholic fraternal and humanitarian organization ever created. Today, the Knight of Columbus is a Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in more than 13,000 councils worldwide dedicated to the founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
Saint John the Evangelist Council 10024 Knights are men devoted to these same principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Each year our council members support right to life efforts, provide aid for unwed mothers, raise funds for Special Olympics, collect funds for the mentally handicapped, award scholarships to college bound high school seniors, provide support to the various parish events. In 2009, our council members contributed over 2,500 hours of service and over $19,000 to the church, community, youth and fraternal activities.
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.