What are the Knights of Columbus?
Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, with more than 1.8 million members in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Started as one council by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Conn., the Knights of Columbus now encompasses more than 14,000 local councils.
Support for the Catholic Church in faith, community, family, youth and fellowship are the hallmarks of Knights of Columbus activities at all levels of the Order.
What are the Principles of the Knights?
• Charity — Knights are followers of Christ and men of faith who are committed to easing the plight of the less fortunate.
• Unity — The earliest Knights stood shoulder to shoulder united against rampant anti-Catholicism. Today Knights stand united promoting religiously rooted moral values in a world that often forsakes those values.
• Fraternity — From its inception, the Knights of Columbus has helped members and their families with insurance and financial programs to ease times of grief and distress.
• Patriotism — The principal of the Fourth Degree, patriotism shows that Knights are proud, active citizens with a love for God and country.
Founded by a parish priest, the Knights of Columbus has always worked hard to encourage young men and women to consider Gods call to service in the priesthood or religious life. Under the motto "Keep the Faith Alive", the Orders vocations initiative has a number of programs based on prayer and designed to reach the hearts and minds of young people, as well as to provide financial support during their years of seminary training or religious formation.
In keeping with Knights of Columbus tradition, an attractive new vocations tool has just been released that should serve as the centerpiece of your councils vocations programs
California State Council:
|2012-13 OFFICERS #9210||WORTHY KNIGHT|
|Chaplain||Rev Euben Capacillo, OAR|
|Grand Knight||Jose Esquivel|
|Deputy Grand Knight||Rogelio Nevarez|
|Recorder||Deacon Luis Gallardo|
|Inside Guard||Rudolph Rodriguez|
|Outside Guard||Antonio Soto|
|Trustee - 1st Year||Armando Ortiz|
|Trustee - 2nd Year||Luis Gonzalez|
|Trustee - 3rd Year||Daniel Perez|
|District Deputy||Roberto Garcia|
|Field Agent||Henry Torres|
|Advocate||Luis Gonzalez, III|
With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world. There are more than 14,000 local councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.