What We Are About
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney. Over a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church. 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, Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.
Thanks to the inspired work of Father McGivney - as well as that of millions of other Knights over the past century - the Knights of Columbus now stands at its pinnacle of membership, benefits and service. Currently, there are over 1.7 million Knights of Columbus - more than ever before in our Order's history.
In the past decade, the Knights donated over $1 billion to numerous charitable causes and nearly 400 million hours of volunteer service. In 2008 alone, the K of C donated nearly $145 million dollars and 69 million volunteer hours to charitable causes.
The Order's insurance program has expanded substantially to better serve the Knights' growing membership. The Order provides the highest quality insurance and benefits to its members, along with many other fraternal benefits.
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