About Us

Our History

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 a dozen members in one council in 1882 to more than 15,000 councils and almost 2 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Since 2012, the Order has expanded to the Ukraine, Lithuania, Korea, and France.  Consistent with the Order’s commitment to support our military forces, councils also exist in many nations where the USA has security installations, including in conflict zones.  

Learn more about certain accomplished individuals honored in Texas for their contributions to the history and growth of the Order in its largest jurisdiction, serving over 100,000 Catholic families since 2013.  Review short articles and read select biographies at this link. You may also explore key collections at the Texas Catholic Archives for more historical information. Review four pages under “Archives” on the bar.

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