Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by the Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney with a group of men from the St. Mary's Parish in New Haven, Connecticut, United States; and is the world's largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organization. It is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. There are more than 1.8 million members in more than 15,000 Councils worldwide. In the 2010 fraternal year, the Order gave directly more than $155 millions to various charities. In the last 10 years, the Order contributed more than $1.4 billion to charities, and more than 650 million man hours in various projects. Its motto is "In Service to One, In Service to All".
Objectives of St. Thomas More K of C Council 9997
- Support our Roman Catholic Church's positions on public policy, social, educational and vocational issues.
- Uphold the Knights of Columbus' Principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.
- Work together towards a common objective for our Council's social and charitable causes.
- Instill a great sense of fellowship, unity, cooperation, and ownership in our Council's social and fund-raising events.
- Optimize our limited monetary and human resources on useful, visible and unforgettable programs and events.
- Explore ways and means to increase and to retain membership count of our Council.
- Foster, mentor, and encourage more Knights to actively participate in our Council's charitable,fund-raising, and social events.
- Continue the current fund-raising projects to support our charitable programs. Also, explore new fund-raising projects and other worthy charitable programs.
Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus to strengthen the Catholic faith among its members and to establish a system of insurance to provide financial support for the families of incapacitated or deceased members. This noble objective continues today through the activities the Knights promote, and the optional insurance products that are available through local Councils. The Knights of Columbus Council 9997 of St. Thomas More Parish invite you to join us and to share in the pride, joy and fellowship in charitable works experienced by our members and their families. The acts of Faith, Charity, and Love you perform as a proud Knight ultimately benefit you, your family and the people whose lives you touch.
Who Can Become a Knight?
The Knights of Columbus Council 9997 of St. Thomas More Catholic Church encourage any practicing Catholic man of good standing, 18 years of age and older, who wants to become more involved with his Catholic Faith and Belief, Church, and Community to apply for membership. For more information about the Knights of Columbus e-mail join@STMKnights.org or call Dennis Robinson at 650-219-5934 or Steve Isaacson 936-525-9503.