History of The Knights of Columbus
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..
The Founding of Knights of Columbus Council 14425 – St Anna’s Catholic Church of Monroe, Georgia
Our Council was founded in December 2007 when a group of parishioners decided they wanted a fraternal organization that was more than just a Men’s Club. They wanted to start an organization that would be involved in helping our church, but also be part of a more established, larger organization that was in the business of serving the Church, charities and caring for families.
Some had been active Knights in other places and wanted to bring the unity, charity and fraternity values to this new group. The Knights with the help of St. Oliver Plunkett’s Knight of Columbus Council set a platform for establishing a new Knight of Columbus Council at St. Anna’s Catholic Church in December 2007. The organization has grown from a few members to a total of 62 in the year of 2012.
Council # 14425 is well established and provides services to aid in St. Anna’s Church Parish Ministries using their time and talent. The knights are well represented in St. Anna’s Organization Structure, Parish Council, Financial Committees, Steering Committee and other ministries assisting Father Dan as Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, etc. The knights are involved in the work for charities within the Monroe, Georgia community, and support state and national initiatives that support our values. A major perk of being a Knight is an insurance program that is comparatively low in cost and protects our families and much more.
St. Anna’s Council #14425 Earns Star Council Status
Bob Costantino, Grand Knight, its Officers and Membership of St. Anna’s Catholic Church in Monroe, GA Council #14425 receives Star Council award for the year 2014. The Star Council Award is the highest award presented to the Knights of Columbus in recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and service program activities. This is the 3rd Star Council Award received by Council #14425 since inception of the Council in 2007.
The mission at St. Anna’s Knights of Columbus Coluncil #14425:
- Promote Respect for Human Life in all its stages
- Support their pastors and their parishes in the work of the Church
- Support our military personnel here and abroad
- Donate to local charities supporting persons with intellectual disabilities
- Volunteer in their communities in a variety of charitable ways
- Offer their members vital insurance benefits
- Offer their members opportunities for fraternity
Our Work in Community Servicing
The Knights have six core areas of focus: Church, Community, Family, Council, Youth and Pro Life. Specific activities include support of local charities with time and money, visiting our veterans and sick, raising money for the intellectually and physically disabled, hosting blood drives, fish fries, pancake breakfasts and supporting “Right to Life” actions to mention a few.
In 2009 and 2010, our local council members donated over 5,000 hours of their time and collected over $5,000 dollars for our community charities and church activities.
None of this would have been possible without the selfless effort of its members and none of this would have been possible without the continued support of our wives and families who also donate many hours of their own time working with us. It’s personally and spiritually rewarding to be a Knight in addition to the great camaraderie you share with your brother knights and parishioners.
Other Community Activities
Faith in Serving Humanity (F.I.S.H.) is a Christian outreach ministry sponsored by various churches, including St. Anna’s Catholic Church in Walton, County.
Conceived by the local ministerial association as a way to respond to the truly needy in the Community, F.I.S.H. operates as a nonprofit charity with 501 (c) (3) status, making all donations tax-deductible. Our church provide needy in the community, spiritual guidance, financial support, and food to stock the food pantry.
Many of the St. Anna’s church members and Knights are involved in FISH and play a part of the services that FISH provides.
No Matter how much you kneel and bow and pray, God, is not going to be impressed with these simple motions.
He reads what is in your heart, not the words coming off your lips,
He measures your worship by how much you love Him, and, He gauges how much you love Him, by how much you love others.
The church has already taught that knowing and bowing and other forms of reverence are merely outward signs of interior devotion….