Welcome to the 1201st council of the Knights of Columbus located in Austin, Minnesota.
The Knights of Columbus are more than friends... we're family!
Do you know much about the Knights of Columbus?
You've probably seen the local Knights of Columbus council building, where Knights and their families meet.
- But where do the Knights of Columbus come from?
- What do they stand for?
- And what are they all about?
The Knights stand for a world of good things. K of C programs and projects make a difference in every community and country where they're found.
And when you become part of the Knights of Columbus, YOU really count. If you're a Catholic man age 18 or more, you owe it to yourself and your family to find out more about the Knights.
There's a place for YOUR family here!
The Knights of Columbus began in 1882, when Father Michael McGivney and a small group of pioneering Catholics founded a society designed to provide much-needed security for widows and orphans of Catholic parishioners.
Father McGivney's original idea grew quickly, becoming an order of Catholic men and their families, dedicated to promoting the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Today, there are more than 1.6 million members in nearly 12,000 local councils in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guam, Siapan, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
Father McGivney's modest initial plan of providing financial security for his parishioners has since developed into an extensive life insurance program open to every member and his family. The Knights of Columbus now ranks in the top 4% of life insurance companies in North America, with over $37 billion of insurance in force and more than $7 billion in assets.
Over the years, the Knights of Columbus has become a diverse organization. Its members belong to many races. They speak many languages. But, like in any large family, their common bonds provide strength and their diversity is an asset in searching for ways to make every day better - and they work hard to make it happen.