What are the Knights of Columbus About?

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 13,000 councils and 1.7 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 and Saipan.

Council Officers

Outside Guard-Carlos Cavazos


Carlos Cavazos

Chaplain-Msgr. John A. Wagner


Msgr. John A. Wagner

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Grand Knight

Joe Valadez

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Deputy GK

Robert Gates

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Financial Secretary

Fred Danysh

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Robert Gates

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Tony Veerkamp

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Jim Giuliani

Advocate-Lee Cavazos


Lee Cavazos

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Rick Roman

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Inside Guard

Chris Robinson

Treasurer-Joel Voss

Outside Guard

Joel Voss

1st Year Trustee-Xavier Olivo

1st Year Trustee

Xavier Olivo

2nd Year Trustee-Mike Trevino

2nd Year Trustee

Michael Trevino

3rd Year Trutee-Ray Ballin

3rd Year Trustee

Ray Ballin