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In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith and to provide for Catholic
families in times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.

Guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity members of the Knights of Columbus
work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities.
We are a growing organization – more than 1.9 million members – and for over 130 years

have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing
and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows 
and orphans in our local communities.

Joining your local council of the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a
Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to your

community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our portfolio of

top-rated insurance products to financially protect your family.  Councils conduct

many programs that support your parish and community including:

  • Various prayer and Eucharistic adoration programs

  • Participating in the Coats for Kids and Food for Families programs

  • Encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life

By joining your local council does not mean that you need to sacrifice quality time

with your family.Its about sharing fellowship with men who are like minded. They

share same moral values that resonate in their faimly and community.



God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The McGivney Prayer

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