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.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina Council 16016
As Knights, we serve the Church and our Central Minnesota parish communities through these 4 basic principals:
To share our time, talents, gifts, and treasures with those in need.
To work together to accomplish deeds not achievable Individually.
To aid our Brother Knights and their families, to show concern for them and to provide insurance protection for them.
To serve and honor our Country in the Church and Community.
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. The Knights of Columbus has grown to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members worldwide.
We invite you to contact us to learn how you can
be part of our organization.
Father Michael J. McGivney, Our Founder
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Officers for 2016-17
Chaplain: Fr. Randal Kasel
Advocate: Dr. Charles Zupfer
Grand Knight: Eugene J Leifeld
Warden: Ren Tescher A
Deputy Grand Knight: Francis Kelly
Inside Guard: Carl J Schollmeier
Chancellor: Dan Fritz
Outside Guard: Chris M Flaaen
Recorder: Mark Huneke
Trustee (3rd Yr.) Peter Nelson
Financial Secretary: John Palof
Trustee (2nd Yr.)
Treasurer: Dan Kingsley
Trustee (1st Yr.)