The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus were founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old priest, Father Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890) at St. Mary's Church, New Haven, CT. The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world with more than 1.8 million members and over 14,000 Councils in the US, Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Guam, Cuba, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Saipan. The Knights of Columbus are known as the Strong Right Arm of the Catholic Church in support of pastors.
Mission: The Knights of Columbus is a Fraternal Organization whose mission is to provide service to the Church and community.
Membership: The newly formed Bishop William Connare Council #15373 has about forty current members. The Knights offer a very solid Insurance program and is worth time investigating. To get additional information about the insurance program and the benefits afforded you as a member, contact our insurance agent, Jim Beimel at 412-610-0303. Membership is open to practicing Catholic men, who are at least 18 years of age and in union with the Holy See.
Degrees: The Knights of Columbus have four degrees that all members are encouraged to attain. The degrees are Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Those attaining fourth degree status also have the option of joining the color corps.
Meetings: Our Council meets on the second Thursday of the month at St. Sylvester's Church, Slickville. The regular meeting at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and food are served after the meeting with time to socialize.
The Knights of Columbus has been called the "strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders for its support of the Church, programs of evangelization, civic involvement and aid to those in need.
Programs: Our Council sponsors and assists in many programs and activities. We spearheaded the annual Partner Parish Picnic, hosted Coffee and Donut Socials, help sponsor Pro-Life activities such as the March to Life bus trip to Washington DC and assisted with Special Olympics.
Dave Swierkosz, Acting Grand Knight
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