Our Council was chartered on June 16, 1999. It was named Fr. Louis F. Knight Council 12451 in honor of our founding Pastor here at St. Edward the Confessor. We currently have over 260 members in our council. The Knights of Columbus was first started in New Haven Connecticut by a priest named Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882. Fr. McGivney is up for canonization and has been raised to the title of "Venerable." We meet on the third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 PM with dinner and social hour prior to each meeting. The requirements to become a Knight are 3 fold, i.e. you must be at least 18 years old, male, and a practicing Catholic in line with the Holy See.
Who are the Knights?
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action.
In 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 17th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from 2014 by more than $1.5 million to a new total of $175,079,192. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2015, volunteering more than 73.4 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rose in 2015 by more than a million over the previous year’s total.
Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.
"We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith."
If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of more than 1.9 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we'd like to meet you and invite you to join us.
How to join
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. For more information on joining contct Louis Ramirez at (949) 374-0498 our Membership Director or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
General Meetings - Fellowship
Our meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Thursday of each month, they are in Knight Hall and generally last 1 hour. There is a light fellowship meal at 6:45 PM followed by our meeting that starts at 7:30 PM. those who might be interested in joining should join us at for our meal at 6:45 PM for more information and discussion.