The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization dedicated to the virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Our order was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut on March 29, 1882.
The Knights of Columbus has grown to 15,342 councils and 1.9 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, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.
St. Mark Council 1498 was founded in early 2004. Today, our council has grown to over 250 members. Our council focuses on family, spirituality, and charity. Many of our council members are active within the parish and in the community. We host various parish and community activities throughout the year, including:
- Annual Chili Cook-off
- Annual Family Camp-out
- Annual Gala and Auction (dinner and dancing)
- First Saturday Suppers (first Saturday of the month)
- Donut Sundays (third Sunday of the month)
- Fish Fry’s during Lent (every other Friday)
- Youth Activities (soccer & basketball challenges, paintball activity)
Our council members are encouraged to attend our monthly business meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm; and to bring new business to our planning meeting on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Business meetings are held in the St. Mary room downstairs at St. Mark.
Are you thinking of joining the Knights of Columbus? Membership requirements are that you be a practical Catholic gentleman, who is 18 years of age or older. Please contact our Grand Knight, Chet Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about our organization.
We do three things:
We help people; we change lives;
and we save lives.
Mark McMullen – VP of Membership, New Haven, CT
Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 73.5 million service hours in 2015, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.