The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney and a small group of parishioners in the basement of St. Mary Church in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882. As a fraternal, benevolent society of Catholic men, they set out to provide much-needed security for widows and orphans of Catholic parishioners. The order’s goal is to promote social and intellectual interchange, to protect and promote Catholic interests, and foster a spirit of fraternity among citizens of all races and creeds. These Catholic men and their families are dedicated to promoting the four principles of:
Today there are more than 1.8 million members in over 16,000 councils on three continents and numerous Island nations around the globe.
The first council formed in Kentucky was Council 390 in Louisville on December 7, 1898. The State Council was established in 1903 following the institution of Covington Council 702 and Lexington Council 762. Over the years the Knights of Columbus in Kentucky has grown dramatically and today stands at nearly 100 councils with a membership in excess of 11,900.
Our Order promotes everyday Family values; provides unlimited opportunity to improve your Community; makes available an Insurance program among the top in the USA.
If you are a practical Catholic man and at least 18 years old, the Knights of Columbus may be for you. Contact us at the Kentucky State Council or the nearest local council in your area. We look forward to speaking with you about the largest Catholic Lay Organization in the world.
Kentucky State Deputy