The Knights of Columbus are the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member 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, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
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 73.5 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. Feel free to contact our current Grand Knight to discuss joining our Council.
Business Meetings are the first Thursday of each month and Social meetings are typically the third Thursday. Meetings usually begin at 7:30 and are held at St. Augustine Church in Elkridge, Maryland. Attending meetings is not a requirement of being a Knight. Contact the current Grand Knight for additional details.
* To make a difference and give back to your church and community
* To participate in charitable activities as a family
* To meet new people who share your ideals and values
* For professional networking
* To strengthen your faith
* To further your relationship with Christ by giving back and helping others
Being a Knight at CCASTA is an opportunity to help make the community a better place and continue the teachings of Christ. Whether helping to deliver mulch to raise funds that support the Communities VBS or schools activities, or helping to collect food to support the Little Sister of the Poor take care of the elderly, you make a difference.
We understand you’re already so busy you can’t imagine fitting in one more thing? You may have a young family and may consider the Knights as something you’d like to do “when the kids get older.” You could make a difference by joining today.
In our council at the CCASTA, we have many men who are balancing a long list of home, school, civic and church activities. As a member of our council, there is no expectation you’ll make every meeting or help at every event. We are grateful for whatever amount of time you can give.
Being a Knight while your kids are young is a great opportunity to set an example of service that will hopefully remain with them all their lives. Your participation now supports many programs your children participate in today!
Pat McKenna, Grand Knight
Jim King, Deputy Grand Knight
Charlie Fisher, Financial Secretary
Chaplain: Fr. John Williamson
Associate Chaplain: Fr. Bill Spacek
Maryland State Web Site: www.kofc-md.org/
Supreme Web Site: www.kofc.org/en//index.html
150 Catholic Men Proudly Serving our Parish and our Community