|Patrick Nelson FDD
STATE REGIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORS
||Central North & College
||Boston North Rte 1
David Cox FDD
James Boulette, DD
Stephen Brenner, FDD
|Boston North Rt
||Cape and Islands
Patrick Curley DD
Robert Olson DD
Tom Allen FDD
Lewis Corcoran DD
Robert Richard FDD
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Are The Knight of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest
Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It
provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to
the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. The On-Line
version of the publication "These Men They Call
Knights"has additional information
about who we are.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and
your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the
Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to
join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more
family and personal benefits.
The Knights ...
- Created the $20 million "Knights of Columbus Vicarius Christi" fund --
the earnings on which are conveyed annually to the Holy Father for his
charities. Since its inception this fund has generated more than $24
million for the Pope's good works, and the corpus remains intact.
- Committed $8.8 million to the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life educational campaign
since 1990, and budgeted an additional $1 million for the production of
pro-life materials, to overturn the proabortion mentality and defend the
right to life.
- Bring the Pope to the world at least three times a year by providing the
uplink cost for the televising of papal ceremonies, especially at Christmas
and during Holy Week -- and the downlink in poor mission countries.
- Presented a new mobile television production unit to the Vatican
Television Center for the taping, recording and transmission of Vatican
ceremonies at a cost of $600,000.
- Established the $2 million Count Enrico Galeazzi Fund for the Pontifical
North American College for the benefit of the College and for U.S. Bishop
-- and priest -- students there; the Bishop Charles P Greco Fund for the
American College in Louvain, Belgium, and the Father McGivney Fund for the
Pontifical Canadian College, the Father McGivney Fund for the Collegio
Pontificio Filipino, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Fund for the Pontifical
Mexican College, and the Father McGivney Fund for Advanced Studies for
Priests in Puerto Rico.
- Underwrote completely the renovation of the entire facade of St. Peter's
Basilica in Rome, the most famous church in the world, the statues of Sts.
Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Square, and the historic Rooms of the
Architects in the Basilica proper.
- Raised $1 million for the Bishop de Laval Fund, earnings on which
annually support the work of the Canadian Conference of Catholic
- Contributed, since 1981, over $15 million to thousands of seminarians and
postulants through the Refund Support Vocations Program, generating $5.2
million in rebates from the Supreme Council to participating councils,
assemblies and circles.
Also established the $8.25 million Knights of Columbus Vocations
Scholarship Fund, with earnings funding the RSVP rebates and annual $2,500
scholarships based on need to seminarians in theology.
- Erected the Knight's Tower and carillon of bells at the Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, completely renovated it
recently, and raised a $500,000 memorial fund in honor of Past Supreme
Knight Luke E. Hart to promote Marian devotion at the Shrine and to
preserve the Shrine in perpetuity.
- Provide the entire budget of the National Family Planning offices of the
U.S. and Canadian Bishops, and assist the NFP office of the Mexican
- Created the Father Michael J. McGivney Memorial Fund for New Initiatives
in Catholic Education in the amount of $1 million, annual interest on which
funds projects designed to improve religious education in the U.S. and
- In 2005 (the last reporting year), raised and distributed almost $140
million and contributed nearly 64 million volunteer hours in service to
Church, community, youth, and fellowman through the "Surge . . . with
Service" outreach program.
- Sponsor the Pope John XXIII Center's seminars for the Bishops of the
U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the Philippines on
vital life-death issues.
- Underwrite, through an annual assessment of 800 per member, the Order's
Catholic Advertising Program, which provides free information on the
Catholic faith to interested inquirers -- more than 8 million responses and
more than 750,000 enrollees in correspondence courses through the
- Have distributed millions of special Knights of Columbus rosaries at the
rate of 10,000 per month, especially to new members, and now to former
members who are readmitted.
- Support a multimillion dollar Student Loan Program for members and their
children pursuing higher education, with all seminarians eligible.
- Provide support for such varied apostolates as the Eternal Word
Television Network; the National Clergy Conference on Alcoholism; Morality
in Media; the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities; the
National Apostolate with Mentally Retarded Persons.
- Make available to dioceses and religious institutions a mortgage loan
program at favorable interest rates. Over the years $245 million were
provided to 271 entities, mostly local parishes.
- Renovated St. Mary's Church in New Haven, the birthplace of the Order,
and entombed the remains of the founder, Rev. Michael J. McGivney, therein
on March 29, 1982. Completed the 110-year-old construction plan of the
church by erecting a 179-foot steeple, including a carillon of three bronze
bells, atop St. Mary's.
- Support the spiritual welfare of armed services personnel and their
families around the globe through a $900,000 fund for the Archdiocese for
- Sponsor daily Mass for deceased Brother Knights at St. Mary's Church in
New Haven and enable widows of Knights to receive COLUMBIA magazine each
- Paid $82.1 million in death benefits to the families of deceased Brother
Knights during 1997 and $202 million in dividends to insurance members.
- Established a North American campus of the Lateran University's Pope John
Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington,
- The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest lay Catholic organization,
marked its 125th anniversary March 29, 2007,. Founded in 1882 by Father
Michael J. McGivney, along with a few parishioners in the basement of St.
Mary?s Church in New Haven, Conn., the group has grown to an international
organization of more than 1.7 million members.
- The Knights of Columbus is also one of the most successful fraternal
benefit societies in American history, providing life insurance and related
products for the financial welfare of members and their families
- The K of C has not only remained true to its founding principles of
charity, unity and fraternity, but also included patriotism as a fourth
principle by which its members are to be defined. The organization is
renowned for its dedicated support of both church and country. Its
affiliates, known as councils, are largely parish-based and provide regular
support to their local church and community.
- The efforts and contributions of the councils tally to significant
amounts. In 2008 (the last period for which data has been compiled), the K
of C donated more than $150 million and almost 69 million hours of
volunteer service to charitable causes.
- Its charitable work also includes substantial support for the Catholic
Church in Rome. The K of C funded the restoration of the façade of St.
Peter's Basilica during the 1980s, and annually underwrites the cost of
satellite TV broadcasts of liturgical celebrations from Vatican City,
including the Christmas Midnight Mass. The organization has also
established a $20 million endowment called the Vicarius Christi Fund. The
annual proceeds are provided to the pope in support of his charitable
- In its dimension as a fraternal benefit society, the Knights of Columbus
provides its members a variety of life insurance products for the financial
stability of their families. One of the most highly rated insurance
companies in North America, the K of C has more than $61 billion of life
insurance in force and consistently earns the industry highest independent
rankings for fiscal management and ethical business practices.
- The Knights of Columbus has also been actively involved American public
policy initiatives. Before and throughout World War I, the Knights ran Army
Huts, facilities that provided recreation, snacks and comfort items to the
troops near bases and near the front.
- The huts whose motto was "Everyone welcome. Everything free," were a
predecessor to the USO. During the 1920s, in direct opposition to the Ku
Klux Klan, the Knights lobbied President Calvin Coolidge to pressure the
Mexican government to stop its persecution of Catholics in Mexico.
- Ultimately, the demands paid off, and an accord was reached between the
Church and the Mexican government. In the 1950s, it was the Knights of
Columbus that led the effort to have the words "under God" added to the
Pledge of Allegiance. The organization continues to speak out on important
social issues today, especially human life matters. Among the many notable
Knights over the past 125 years were: Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, Joyce Kilmer,
Vince Lombardi, Al Smith, John F. Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, and Ron
THE K OF C MEANS SERVICE
- The results of the Knights' annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the
year ending December 31, 2008, indicate that, despite the economy, total
charitable contributions reached $150,036,865 exceeding the previous
year's total by more than $5.1 million. The figure includes $32,295,376
donated by the Supreme Council, and $117,741,489 in contributions from
state and local councils assemblies and Squires circles.
- The survey also indicated that the quantity of volunteer service hours to
charitable causes by Knights grew to 68,783,653 an increase of 87,885 hours
compared to the 2007 total. There were more than 413,000 Knights of
Columbus blood donations during the year and, among the most common service
programs, Habitat for Humanity received 156,295 K of C volunteer hours.
- The Knights of Columbus has been promoting a Year of the Volunteer and
sponsored a summit on volunteerism, A Nation of Neighbors Helping
Neighbors, in New York Feb. 27, to promoted increased participation and
collaboration in volunteer efforts from individuals and organizations.
- Cumulative figures show that during the past decade, the Knights of
Columbus has donated more than $1.325 billion to charity, and provided
nearly 626 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable
- Raising funds and donating time to help
house, educate, employ and provide social opportunities for people with
retardation and handicapped children.
- Working with local food banks and soup
kitchens, collecting food and providing manpower through "Care and Share."
- Promoting patriotism. Over 240,000 Sir
Knights in 2,180 assemblies participate in the Fourth Degree, the patriotic
arm of the Order, fostering responsible citizenship and love of country.
- Organizing educational, social, service
and athletic programs for young people. Local councils and assemblies
sponsor Columbian Squires circles, Scout troops, programs to help teens
deal with alcohol, drugs, suicide and other problems, as well as
opportunities simply to have fun.
- 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
- Membership in the Knights of Columbus starts at the local councils
throughout the jurisdiction of this State (as well as throughout the U.S.
and Canada, Latin America and the Philippines.) The Order's membership at
its local councils help foster the principals of Charity, Unity, Fraternity
and Patriotism. These four principals are the driving force behind the many
activities within our local and state programs. Each council involves its
membership in these programs; some are listed on this Web site to give you
a quick insight into the mission of the Knights of Columbus.
- If you have an interest in joining our Order, or would like to explore
the idea of starting a new council in your area or local parish, E-Mail the State Office to get
additional information. Please include your name, address and
telephone number and a representative for your location will contact
you. If you have been a member in this or other States, please include this
- If you are outside of
Massachusetts and interested in K of C membership, we suggest you search Supreme Council Location Map to locate your state,
provincial council, or local council near your home or parish.
guide for your council
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