Founded by a young parish priest named Blessed Michael J. McGivney, who is now on the path to sainthood, the Knights of Columbus has helped strengthen men, their families, their parishes, and their communities since 1882. Today, there are more than 1.9 million members of the K of C doing good across the world.
The Knights of Columbus stands as the strong right arm of the Church and challenges members to grow in their faith through various programs and fraternity.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
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 and 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 – Blessed 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 75.6 million service hours in 2017, 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.
Our goal is to help men, their families and our parishes grow closer to Christ. Through our programs and resources, we provide opportunities to live and spread the Catholic faith.
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are Catholic men of faith and men of charitable action.
Charity is at the heart of our work and our faith — and it always has been. For the Knights of Columbus, charity means supporting a virtually boundless variety of projects.
If you’re interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, talk to any of our Knights at church, see Father, call the Parish office, or to join online click here:
Our Council #8151 meets once a month on the second Thursday at 7:00 PM in the downstairs meeting room at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Marysville. These general business meetings last, on average, an hour and a half, and are sometimes followed with a social (including snacks and beverages). Only card-holding, active members are allowed to attend the business meetings.