On March 29, 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners joined the Connecticut state legislature and 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 14,000 councils and 1.8 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.
Elmhurst Knights of Columbus
We are an active, Catholic organization, working to help others in our community.
Our council comprises of members from Immaculate Conception, Mary Queen of Heaven and Visitation parishes.
Currently, we have over 390+ members and regularly welcome new Knights, either long time residents or newcomers to one of our parishes. Our Knights chapter is one of the fastest growing councils in the state of Illinois!