Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local projects. From supporting Special Olympics, to helping with the St. Vincent de Paul food drive initiatives, and supporting St. Thomas Aquinas Academy as well as many other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.
The Knights of Columbus meet the third Monday of every month and welcome new members. You can learn more and contact us at http://uknight.org/CouncilSite/index.asp?CNO=719