Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
Our Council was founded in 2005 when a group of parishioners decided they wanted a fraternal organization that was more than just a Men’s Club. They wanted to start an organization that would be involved in helping our church, but also be part of a more established, larger organization that was in the business of serving the Church, charities and caring for families.
Some had been active Knights in other places and wanted to bring the unity, charity and fraternity values to this new group. The Knights are well established and provide services to aid in the work for charities, new membership, state and national support in initiatives that support our values, an insurance program that is comparatively low in cost and protects our families and much more.