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Knights of Columbus

Who We Are Contributions
World Wide Membership Web Site Link

Who We Are

A young priest named Father Michael J. McGivney, at St. Mary's Parish in New Haven Connecticut, started this noble organization in 1882. A small group of men would meet in the church basement of this parish to promote closer ties of fraternity among themselves and to set up an elementary system of insurance. Their purpose was to ensure that upon death of any member, financial aid would be provided to members and their families.

Father McGivney chose to name the group Knights of Columbus, relating it to Christopher Columbus, the Catholic discoverer of America. Knights would embody knightly ideals of spirituality and service to the Church Community and to fellow men.

World Wide Membership

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 12,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan and Poland.

Major Contributions

The Order has donated millions of dollars to charitable causes such as Pro-Life and education, and has spent millions for restoration work done in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Members of the Knights of Columbus volunteer 64 million hours per year of service to their parishes, community, young people and other projects.

Web Site Links

For even more information about the Knights of Columbus visit the organization's international web site at

The Ontario Council of the Knights of Columbus is at

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