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The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT.  This was a way to band together the men of the parish for the common good.  The good of the church, the community, the family, each other, and those in need. 

Over 135 years later the Knights of Columbus is still guided by the same principals of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.  Although the focus has remained the same we have come a long way from the basement of St. Mary’s Church to a brotherhood nearly 2 million men around the globe.  Last year alone we raised $177 Million dollars for charitable efforts and donated 75 million volunteer hours. Working together as brothers we have been able to accomplish amazing things. The power of the organization is very impressive but you can check the order's website for that.

Here in Saint Albans we are one of the oldest and largest councils in Vermont.  Although we all share the same core values, we have nearly 200 members that cover the full range of ages and interests.  It is said that g
oals can be very defining, perhaps our annual goals are a good representation of our council. There are three main points of focus for us.  Bringing in new members is always important to keep things fresh and progressing forward.  Making our members aware of the benefits we offer through our top rated insurance program is key because it is important to protect and take care of our own families before looking to provide charity elsewhere. Our activities are the final and perhaps largest piece.  Each year we strive to conduct at least four activities in each of six categories listed below.

  • Council
  • Community
  • Family
  • Church
  • Youth
  • Pro-Life
Some examples of these activities include
  • Halloween and Christmas parties for the children
  • New Year's Eve, Mardi Gras and Superbowl parties for the adults
  • Dinners to raise funds for worthy causes
  • Dinners to socialize with the membership and families
  • Pancake breakfasts
  • Texas Hold’em tournaments and card games
  • Golf, softball, bowling and horse shoe tournaments aganist other councils
  • Food booths at fairs and local events
  • Basketball free throw championships for the youth
  • Religious retreats
  • Support of the Church, Bishop, priests and seminarians