Knights of Columbus
Ministry Contact: Dave Hurley
Resting on the principals of charity, unity, and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus were formed to render financial aid to members of the Catholic Church 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 Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 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.
Our local council–founded in 1986–at St. Lawrence Catholic Church is the Fr. Austin L. Ryder Council #9407. All Catholic men 18 years and older who are in Communion with the Holy See are invited to join.
Here at St. Lawrence, the Knights organize and run many activities, including the Parish Family Breakfast held on the first Sunday of every month (except in July and August), the annual Parish Picnic, the summer cook-outs, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Living Rosary, parish dinners, the ushers program, KOVAR (collection for those with intellectual disabilities), the annual Senior’s Christmas Luncheon, a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial for the Unborn in the Church garden, and much more! WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE ACTIVITIES!
All of the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that–together–we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually.
Fraternity – The Knights were founded, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time nationally.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both.
If you are interested in becoming a Knight, please visit the Council #9407 website or contact the Grand Knight. He will provide you with further details regarding the process for joining us, as well as information about our various activities and charitable works.