Knights of Columbus


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 were formed to render financial aid to members and their families and mutual aid and assistance to the 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.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

Our Parish Knights of Columbus Council #6530, Father John P. Wessel, holds business meetings on the first Friday of each month @ 7:30pm in the SJA cafeteria. All 1st, 2nd & 3rd degree members are welcomed to attend. Come & see all of the good things that the Knights do for our parish, community, state & country. Lite refreshments are served afterwards.

Holy Family 3 rsA Magnificent Addition to the Parish Prayer Garden From Our Council In April 2013
Holy Family 2 rsBeautiful Words Penned by the Artist, Timothy P. Schmalz About His Creation “A Quiet Moment”
Holy Family 1 rsThe Plaque Was Installed on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 2015


Suggested Reading:


To Learn More About Fr. John Wessel


To Learn More About the Knights’ Founder