The Knights of Columbus

Rev. Michael J. McGivney
August 12, 1852 – August 14, 1890
Venerable Servant of God
Parish Priest and Founder of the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. It was founded by (Venerable) Fr. Michael J. McGivney of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT in 1882.

Father McGivney was an idealist.  He was a man whose youthful vision and creativity expanded and matured even as his physical well-being diminished.  In 2003 a healing was reported and in 2004 a possible miracle.  On 15 March 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared Father Michael J. McGivney venerable, approving a decree of “Heroic Virtue” for the parish priest who founded the Knights of Columbus.  A fitting tribute to Fr. McGivney is to bear witness to the increase of the Ancient Liturgy he used as the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

Today there are some 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus, who are in more than 14,000 councils. The First Degree reflects the principle of charity, the Second Degree reflects the principle of unity, the Third Degree reflects the principle of fraternity, and the Fourth Degree reflects the principle of patriotism.

There are many benefits to being a Knight of Columbus and any “practical Catholic male” aged 18 or over may join. To see all that the Knights do, look through the Knights of Columbus website or contact us.

Among other reasons, practical Catholic men join the Knights of Columbus because they want to be in a fraternal organization with life insurance benefits that stands beside the Catholic Church and support her in many ways, including volunteering at parishes and publicly standing against the “dictatorship of relativism” and for the Culture of Life.

Again, the Knights of Columbus Traditional Latin Mass Network is not an officially sanctioned organization of the Order, but we are all members in good-standing and devoted to our Order, our Country, our Church, and the traditional liturgy- the same liturgy of Fr McGivney and the other founders of the Knights of Columbus.