Welcome to the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest international lay Catholic family service organization. As their forebears did more than a century ago, today's Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel.

                  The Vision of Father MicGivney

     Led by the quiet, unassuming curate of St. Mary's Parish in New Haven, Conn., a small group of men established the Knights of Columbus in the church basement early in the spring of 1882. The priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, saw clearly that both Catholics and the Church faced serious problems in the last half of the nineteenth century such as anti-Catholicism and ethnic prejudice; under-employment; lack of social standing and early loss of the breadwinner.

      To resolve those problems Father McGivney conceived the idea of an organization of Catholic men who would band together:

      To aid one another in times of sickness or death, by means of a simple insurance plan, so that their wives and children would not face abject poverty.
To be a strong pillar of support for their priests and bishops.
To be of service to Church and community by coming to the aid of those most in need in society.

     They called themselves Knights of Columbus - Knights to emphasize chivalry's ideals of charity and support for Church and state, and Columbus as a reminder that Catholics had been the backbone and bulwark of America's growth and greatness from the very beginning.

     The State of Connecticut officially chartered the Order on March 29, 1882. It's founder, Father McGivney, and those first Knights dreamed of the day when there would be a council in every parish in Connecticut. Little could they know that their small group would grow into a global organization of more than 1.7 million members in 13,000 councils located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland and several other countries.

      In the years since 1882 the Knights of Columbus has become one of the largest and strongest life insurance companies in North America.  1.2 million Knights and their families are covered by the award-winning insurance the Knights provide​​
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Council Meetings
Rev. Michael J. McGivney​​
Patroness of the Knights of Columbus
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Council Meetings
Sacred Heart Church, Friendship Room, 201 St. Mary's Avenue, La Plata MD,

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Rosary starts at 7:10 p. m.