Knights of Columbus


We are the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization and protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan.


The Knights of Columbus is also the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, with more than 1.9 million members in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, the Bahamas, and South Korea. The Knights of Columbus operates through and maintains an active system of local and state councils that conduct extensive charitable and volunteer programs.

Fr. Michael J. McGivney, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, founded the Knights of Columbus during the latter part of the19th century. As a statement that the Catholic faith and loyalty to one’s country are in harmony, the organization took as its patron Christopher Columbus.

The governing authority of the Knights of Columbus is the Supreme Council, which maintains its headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. There are subordinate state or territorial councils in every jurisdiction where the Knights of Columbus is established, as well as local councils, most of which are associated with a Catholic parish. The state, territorial, and local councils are unincorporated associations holding charters from the Supreme Council and are subject to dissolution or merger according to the Laws of the Knights of Columbus.



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