Who are the Knights of Columbus?
From its founding in 1882, The Knights of Columbus has become an international society of Catholic men who have dedicated themselves to the ideals of Columbianism:
Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism.
The Knights of Columbus was created in 1892 by Father Michael J. McGivney, an Assistant Pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT. Father McGivney proposed establishing an organization of Catholic men that would unite them in faith as well as provide for the family needs of its deceased members. Christopher Columbus was chosen as the symbol of the Knights to ensure that allegiance to faith and country was not in conflict.
Since its beginning men of Catholic faith have been drawn to this organization because of its emphasis of “serving one’s Church, community and family with virtue”.
For more information on the history of this great organization please visit www.kofc.org.
- During 2013 the Knights of Columbus raised and donated more than $170 million to charitable needs and projects.
- Volunteer service hours to charitable causes by Knights grew to 70.5 million 2013.
- The Knights of Columbus now have more than 1.8 million members of 15,000 councils in 13 countries.
- According to Independent Sector, the time donated by Knights to charity was worth more than $1.6 billion and provided more than 673 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives.
Knights of Columbus Insurance
There is no more highly rated insurer in North America than the Knights of Columbus. A.M. Best has bestowed on us their highest rating (A++, Superior) for 37 consecutive years.
In 2012, we paid well over $487 million in death claims and other benefits, and more than $349 million in dividends to our policyholders.
In the past decade, the Knights of Columbus paid more than $3.4 billion in dividends to insured members.
The Order’s insurance program has more than $90 billion of life insurance policies in force, backed up by $19.8 billion in assets, and holds the highest insurance ratings given by A. M. Best and the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association.
What is St. Damien Council 6575?
St. Damien Council 6575 was founded in 1974 to support the religious and charitable activities of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Now 150 brothers strong, the St. Damien Council has always been there for the Pastors, Priests, School, and organizations that make up St. Vincent’s for the last 40 years. We believe strongly in the guiding principles of the Knights which are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.
If you would like more information about joining our great council please fill out the contact form.
We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall located in the base of the church rectory.
St. Damien Council Charitable Activities:
- Participate in the annual Tootsie Roll Drive in support of the ARC
- Thanksgiving and Easter food drive in support of St. Agnes parish
- Recognize and award Eagle Scouts
- Provide Color Guard at wakes for 4th degree Knights and Priestly Ordinations
- Host Blood Drives (2 — 3 times per year)
- Run the local Free Throw Contest
- Organize the local Spelling Bee
- Support the Church in the Middle East
- Support Pro Life activities such a stipend to for the Pro Life for bus to Washington, D.C., raising money for ultrasound machines and providing monetary support for pregnancy centers
- Provide stipends to our seminarians
- Provide Ushers for Masses
- Lend support for school and CCD activities
- Help with cooking of the Seder Dinner
- Take part in the Our Lady of Fatima procession
- Participate in First Friday Adoration
- Raised funds to help overhaul The National Cathedral
- Set up for the Memorial Day Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery
St. Damien Council Social Activities:
- Annual St. Patrick Dinner Dance
- Fall Portuguese Dinner Dance
- Trivia Nights
- Monthly Social gathering