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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS



The Order of the Knights of Columbus is worldwide order that had its beginning a century-and-a-score years ago at the basement of the St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Its founder, Rev. Fr. Michael J. McGivney, conceived the order out of the pain that he experienced at seeing widows and orphans go hungry upon the death of the breadwinner, and non-Americans being discriminated against. His dream was to free his constituents from the clutches of poverty and bigotry.

From the small group that rallied behind his cause, the order spread like wildfire, first in many states of the USA and eventually, throughout most Catholic countries including the Philippines.

 

What is the Knights of Columbus? What are its objectives?

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal and service organization.         

The purposes for which it was organized are:

1.     To render pecuniary aid to its members and their families;

2.     To render mutual aid and assistance to its sick, disabled and needy members and their families;

3.     To promote social and intellectual communication among its members and their families; and

4.     To promote and conduct educational, charitable, religious, social welfare and public relief work.

The order subscribes and adheres to four cardinal principles:

          Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

Every knight is expected to live by, practice and exemplify these virtues in his private and public life.

The first Knights of Columbus council in the Philippines was formed in Manila on April 23, 1905. Numerous councils mushroomed all over the country and this necessitated their division into three geographical areas known as jurisdictions - Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Council No. 9877 of the Mary Queen of Apostles Parish belongs to the Luzon Jurisdiction.       

Since the establishment of the Council in  1988, its dedication has been marked with the pride and honor.

The Supreme Council, which is based in Connecticut, has referred on it seven “Star Council Awards”, proofs that the Council leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to help improve the quality of life of its members, the Parish and the community.

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