COUNCIL #11553, ENGLEWOOD, FL
The Knights of Columbus was
founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest. Father Michael J. McGivney,
in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today,
more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest
lay organization in the Catholic Church. The local council #11553 was started
in 1995 and has over 100 members.
The order has been called
"the strong 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.
Volunteerism informed by
Christian concern is the hallmark of the Knights of Columbus and results
in outstanding contributions of time and talent to the Catholic Church,
our communities, families, young people and brother Knights.
Father McGivney's founding
vision for the Order also included establishing an 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 and annuity products to its members, along with many other fraternal
Knights of Columbus are Catholic
gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity,
patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to
the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the
Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection
of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation
and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the
Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today.
Membership in the Knights
of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See,
who are at least 18 years old. A practical Catholic is one who lives up
to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application
blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.
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