The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.
Thanks to the inspired work of Father McGivney—as well as that of millions of other Knights over the past century—the Knights of Columbus now stands at its pinnacle of membership, benefits and service. Currently, there are over 1.6 million Knights of Columbus—more than ever before in our Order's history. Together with their families, the Knights are nearly 6 million strong. In addition, from the first local council in New Haven, the Order has grown to more than 12,000 councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Each year, the Order continues this strong growth.
When are you being a good steward of those blessings? When you volunteer in your parish, your local sports leagues, the nearby soup kitchen. When you donate to local charities. When you reach out to the less fortunate no matter how far away.
My making sure your donations address important issues and are well used, you show yourself to be an efficient and effective steward of God's generousity.
By giving to this appeal on behalf of Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., you will always know that the blessings you are returning to God will be well used to do His work on earth. That is truly the mark of a good steward.
Thanks for your attention and please send contributions to:
Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.
Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 9028
Pittsfield, MA 01202-9028
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This page is dated December 2004+