A Catholic Priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, founded the KofC at St. Mary Church, New Haven Connecticut in 1882. His vision was to create an organization to help the widows and orphans of laborers who died in the harsh working environments of that era. The Order has grown into a global powerhouse of available benefits for it’s members and their dependents. It is an organization that since 1882, has embodied the selflessness of man and has helped overcome adversity in the world.
· The Knights of Columbus Insurance Program offers members, their spouses and children, the opportunity for their security and well-being. There is no more highly rated insurer in North America than the Knights of Columbus.
· We see the importance of helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders by helping boys and girls build a strong sense of civic and religious responsibility. We sponsor youth and family - focused endeavors such as Squire Circles for young men ages 10 - 18. We support local youth groups and sponsor Spelling-bees, Essay contests, Free throw competitions, Soccer Challenges, Fishing Derby’s and much more.
· Through strength in membership and structured protocol, each council plans and executes programs for it’s members. The Knights of Columbus is a magnificent faith based organization, supporting Church, community, family, respect-life, youth and the council.
· Our Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said “Every member of the Knights of Columbus has a moral obligation to ask every Catholic man to join us.” Your invitation to join the Knights of Columbus is now and the contact information is directly to the right of this column. God bless.
We are a fraternal Catholic men’s organization and the largest lay ministry within the Church totaling more than 1.8 million members world wide. We develop and conduct charitable projects locally and around the globe, supporting both the Church and community as we put into action our faith practices while strengthening our families. We are unified with 70,000 Michigan Knights working together to support all 8 diocese in the jurisdiction of Michigan.
If you are a Catholic man 18 years of age or older, we invite you to join us to become involved with our many programs. As a Knight you will enjoy great satisfaction that comes from the successes we continue to achieve in this Christian organization doing, what our Savior Jesus Christ calls us to do.
Help the Church, Community,
Nation, and The World
One of our numerous programs is the MI drive, better known as our Tootsie Roll drive. We raise thousands of dollars and then donate those monies to programs that support intellectually disabled individuals, such as, area special education and Special Olympics.
The Coats for Kids program is another project which provides more than 70,000 winter coats for needy children.
Did you know that the Knights of Columbus established the “Healing Haiti’s Children” program, providing as they grow a series of prosthetic limbs for all children who lost arms and legs in the 2010 Haitian earth quake.
Still another of our projects is the Global Wheel Chair Mission provided 8,000 wheelchairs to handicapped individuals throughout the world including 2,000 to US Military Veterans here in the United States.
In 2011, the Knights raised and distributed more than $158 million and contributed more than 70 million volunteer hours in service to Church, community, youth and fellow man.
If you are a Catholic man, 18 years or older desiring to make God’s interests first, your family more secure, serve your neighbor, community, nation and world, then you are a perfect candidate for the Knights of Columbus. Many say after joining “My only regret is having waited so long to join the KofC brotherhood.”