On Oct. 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

On the Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, June 21st, 2008, the Mt. Mercy Council was founded at St. Aloysius Parish in Pewee Valley, KY.

For more information on the history of the Knights of Columbus, please visit the Supreme Council.

Knights are practical Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

As a Knight you can choose the projects with which you wish to be involved in within your own community. What is more, the Order is dedicated to family life and the many benefits it offers. From insurance to scholarships to service and social activities and programs, all are open to the whole family.  It is not required to purchase insurance to become or be a member.

If you think you may be interested in joining the Knights of Columbus or our Council, please submit your information on our Joining the Knights page.