More About Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus
(from the site of the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus.)
On Oct. 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.
They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith.
These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.
They were Knights of Columbus.
The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.
Father McGivney’s founding vision for the Order also included a life insurance program to provide for the widows and orphans of deceased members. The Order’s insurance program has expanded substantially to serve more effectively the Knights’ growing membership.
Year after year, the Knights of Columbus has earned the highest possible quality ratings for financial soundness from A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The Order provides the highest quality insurance, annuity and long-term care products to its members, along with many other fraternal benefits.
The Supreme Council is the governing body of the Knights of Columbus and is responsible for the development of the organization as a whole. Supreme Council duties include establishing the Order in new regions and setting up regional authorities, defining and advancing its values and goals, undertaking organization-wide initiatives, promoting awareness of the Knights’ mission worldwide, and protecting the families of members through its extensive insurance program. Members working in local, or subordinate councils, however, carry on the majority of the Knights’ beneficial work.
The Oklahoma State Council is our host, and represent the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus in a heritage that spans more than 104 years. Please visit them for a wealth of information concerning the Knights of Columbus in Oklahoma. Their accomplishments over the years have been many. The various councils in our state always need new energy and ideas that new members bring in order to continue our presence in Oklahoma's second century. Ours is not an elite membership only reserved for a few, but instead is a vital force of ordinary men and their families who are willing to put our faith into action to assist our Church, clergy, communities, families, youth, and brother knights. Please consider joining us, today, won't you?
The Council of St. Bernard of Clairvaux - is a new council, with charter membership as recently as January 2008. We are looking forward to contributing time and talent to many endeavors in our local community and church and have already begun making a difference. As knights we aspire to the principals of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. Please take the time to follow the links to our Council Directors, Committees, and Events to get a better picture of all the things we are doing and aspire to do in the near future. But most of all, come join us as a brother knight, we're looking forward to meeting you!