Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary Church in New Haven, as well as some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society March 29, 1882.
The order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights were 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 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 also contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Poland, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
For more information about the local Knights of Columbus chapter, please contact Tim Babyak at 724-326-4788.