OUR HISTORY & HERITAGE.
Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Conn., and a group of parishioners. Their intent? To bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Today, Father McGivney is being considered for sainthood.
WHO ARE WE?
Charity: Charity is at the heart of our work and our faith - and it always has been. For the Knights of Columbus, charity means supporting a virtually boundless variety of projects.
Faith: Our commitment to charitable service is just one of the many ways that we express our Catholic faith. We’re here to build a daily bridge back to what matters, for our members and fellow Catholics.
Membership: With 1.9 million members around the world, we have been investing our time, effort and resources into our values of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism since 1882.
The St. John Knights of Columbus Council #8302 was established on February 22, 1983 with 36 founding members to serve the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and community. Over the past 39 years, Council #8302 has blossomed to over 112 members. Through their service and commitment to the community and to the St. John the Evangelist Church, the council through their principles continues to look forward for the future and next 40 years.
In 2019 Council #8302 was recognized by the Supreme Council for obtaining the 9 Star Council award. One of only a few Councils that were issued across the entire United States. In 2020, the Council again reached Star Council for their efforts in working together for the community during a devastating pandemic.
WHO CAN BE A MEMBER?
Since 1882, membership in the Knights of Columbus has been open to men 18 years of age or older who are "practical" (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. Since that time, the Knights of Columbus has understood "practical catholic" to mean a Catholic who accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, i and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
THE ACTIVIES OF KOC.