Who Are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus began in 1882, when Father Michael McGivney and a small group of pioneering Catholics founded a society designed to provide much needed security for widows and orphans of Catholic parishioners. The original idea grew quickly, becoming an order of Catholic men and their families, dedicated to promoting the concepts of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Today, the Knights of Columbus has grown to more than 13,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, the Philippines, Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Germany, Poland and Lithuania.
Over the years the Knights of Columbus has become a diverse organization. Its members belong to many ethnicities and speak many languages. We are various ages and come from all walks of life. But, like in any large family, their common bonds provide strength. Our diversity is an asset in searching for ways to make every day better, and we work hard to make it happen.
What We Provide
- Support the parish with its needs
- Help meet the needs of those in the local community
- Provide “Coats for Kids” and “Food for Families”
- Support programs that benefit people with intellectual disabilities
- Aid victims of natural disasters and other catastrophic events, local and worldwide
Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Knights are men who get things done. We volunteer our time to serve our parishes and our communities. And by working together, we were able to donate more than $1.4 billion and 664 million volunteer hours to worthy causes in the past decade.
- A unique “band of brothers”
- Shared values and the support to live out our Catholic faith more fully
- The ability for our network to accomplish things together that we could not accomplish alone
Unity and Fraternity are the second and third principles of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus was founded so that men could work together to serve their parishes and communities, protect the well being of their Catholic families, and support each other in faith and in many other ways along life’s journey. The Knights of Columbus offers its members the opportunity to grow in their faith through living the example of a charity that evangelizes and personifying what it means to be a Catholic gentleman through the practicing of good works.
- Exclusive access to our top-rated life insurance products, available only to members and their families
- Your insurance agent is a Knight dedicated to helping his brother Knights protect their families
The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving the world around them, one community at a time. We stand together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles we cherish while lending their support and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight.
From charity for worldwide causes, to helping closer to home with volunteer activities, to a top-rated insurance program that protects those closest to you, the Knights makes the most of its brotherhood.
- Any Third Degree member in good standing is, after six months from his First Degree, eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree.
The primary purpose of this Degree is to foster the spirit of Patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “Assemblies”). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.
St. Paul Cathedral Council #14474
Grand Knight - Peter Starz
Chaplain - Fr. Joshua Kibler, C.O.
Financial Secretary - Oscar Valdes
Deputy Grand Knight - James Lomuscio
Chancellor - Luke Tsai
Recorder - Philip Kreckel
Treasurer - Bob Kesicki
Lecturer - Ed Rudaitis
Advocate - Deacon Sean Petrisko
Warden - Joseph Petrich
Inside Guard - John Drake
Outside Guard - Daniel Patti, Bob Sims
Trustee (3 Year) - Tyler Bensen
Trustee (2 Year) - Jose Alba
Trustee (1 Year) - John Ungerman
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