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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 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.


Archbishop James Vincent Cleary Assembly has grown to include Fourth Degree members of :

Council 728 - Frontenac, Kingston
Council 4177 - St John's, Gananoque
Council 7224 - Our Lady of Lourdes, Kingston
Council 7883 - St Patrick's, Napanee
Council 9652 - St Paul the Apostle, Kingston
Council 11524 - Blessed Sacrament, Amherstview
Council 11670 - St Joseph's, Kingston
Council 11886 - Holy Name of Jesus, Kingston Mills
Council 12309 - St Patrick's, Railton

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