Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus
Saint Paul's Council 12793
History of the Knights of Columbus
Growth of the Knights of Columbus
On Oct. 2, 1881, a 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 pastor, 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.



Father McGivney


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.

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Link to the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Aug. 2014 newsletter


Link to Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly Aug./Sept. 2014 newsletter

Saint Paul's Council 12793
Our Knights of Columbus is an organization dedicated to upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church, helping people in need, and fostering a bond among members worldwide that has endured for 120 years.
Not too long ago, several men of our parish were members of the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus Council in Wautoma. With the St. Joseph Council's encouragement and support, the Knights of Saint Paul's Parish started their own Council in September 2000 with 42 charter members.
Charter Members
Today, our Council raises funds through the coordination and sales of food at the Tri-County Thresheree in the Plainfield Veteran's Park every June; our annual Tootsie Roll Drive; flower sales for Mother's Day; and our pancake breakfasts that are held several times throughout the year. In turn, we donate monetarially to many charities and events within our own area as well as many county and state organizations.
Some of the recipients of our donations are our local ecumenical food pantry called Share Our Surplus (S.O.S.); scholarships for students and monetary donations for school supplies for students in need in our area schools; Special Olymics; our U.S.Veterans; the Saint Paul's American Cancer Relay for Life team; our local Boy Scouts; our diocesan seminarians; and Relevant Radio. We also help support many Saint Paul's projects such as helping to finance the "Little Books", the purchase of building improvement needs, Bibles for our Religious Education students plus more.
Our meetings are held on the first Monday of the month in our Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m. The officers meet at 6:30 p.m.
If you are a Catholic man over the age of 18 and want to make your community a better place by volunteering your time and efforts, then please consider joining the Saint Paul's Knights of Columbus. Make your family a part of ours.

Back row: Dick Butzen, Financial Secretary; Phil Thoma, Two Year Trustee; Vic Helbach, District Warden; David Senft, Deputy Grand Knight; John Fisher, District Deputy; Jim Callahan, Grand Knight; Charlie Cleereman, Warden;

and Jack Woyak, One Year Trustee.

Front row: Eugene Reis; Three Year Trustee; Jim Wegner, Inside Guard; Frank Nale, Treasurer; Bob Hofer, Outside Guard;

and George Sherman, Chancellor.

State Raffle Ticket Winner!

Plainfield Street Spree Breakfast 2010

George, Chief Money Collector

Alex, Chief Bottle Washer?

Serving God, Parish, and Community

Fireworks Tent, July 2011; proceeds to a pro-life charity