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Knights of Columbus

About the Knights of Columbus

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights  was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
Knights of Columbus John Paul II Council 14246 of Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes at St. Louis Church
The Knights of Columbus is a men’s organization created to unite men in their faith and help others in difficult times.
If you are interested in joining our local council, please contact the Grand Knight Lee Kimball at 207-799-3878. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at St. Louis Church.

Go to the image gallery to see pictures of the Knights of Columbus at St. Louis Church.

To learn more about the Knights of Columbus, please visit the Knights of Columbus website at www.kofc.org

Knights of Columbus are also in Poland! You can visit the Knights of Columbus in Poland website at www.rycerzekolumba.com.