Knights of Columbus
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.
For more information, click here: kofc.org
Link to Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly Aug./Sept. 2014 newsletter
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.