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The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic family service organization. As their forebears did more than a century ago, today’s Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel. Led by the quiet, unassuming curate of St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, Conn., a small group of men established the Knights of Columbus in the church basement early in the spring of 1882. The priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, saw clearly that both Catholics and the Church faced serious problems in the last half of the nineteenth century such as anti-Catholicism and ethnic prejudice; underemployment; lack of social standing and early loss of the breadwinner.
To resolve those problems Father McGivney conceived the idea of an organization of Catholic men who would band together:
· To aid one another in times of sickness or death, by means of a simple insurance plan, so that their wives and children would not face abject poverty.
· To strengthen themselves and each other in the Faith. · To strengthen families and family life. · To be a strong pillar of support for their priests and bishops.
· To be of service to Church and community by coming to the aid of those most in need in society.
They called themselves Knights of Columbus – Knights to emphasize chivalry’s ideals of charity and support for Church and state, and Columbus as a reminder that Catholics had been the backbone and bulwark of America’s growth and greatness from the very beginning. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to any practical Catholic man in union with the Holy See who is not less than 18 years of age on his last birthday. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church. The basic unit of the Knights of Columbus is the local council. You can find more information about the Port Chester Council on our Bulletins (Newletter) and Staff (Officer) pages.
All newcomers to our community, including former Knights and transfers are all welcome to get involved with our council... find out where you fit in.