Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko Council 9599

P.O. Box 565

Yorba Linda, California 92885

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A Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization

Brief History of the Knights


 

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.

The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.

Thanks to the inspired work of Father McGivney—as well as that of millions of other Knights over the past century—the Knights of Columbus now stands at its pinnacle of membership, benefits and service. Currently, there are over 1.6 million Knights of Columbus—more than ever before. Together with their families, the Knights are nearly 6 million strong. In addition, from the first local council in New Haven, the Order has grown to more than 12,000 councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Each year, the Order continues this strong growth.

 
Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today.
 


Corpus Christi Altar 

1999


Memorial Mass at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery

1999


Installation of K of C Officers for year 1999-2000


Knights of Columbus Potluck dinner 

1999


Blessing of the Christmas Sign 

1999


Knights of Columbus pancakes breakfast - Palm Sunday 2000


Installation of Knights of Columbus Officers 

for year 1999-2000


Mother's Day Roses 2000