Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus - the Catholic organization launched in 1882 by Roman Catholic priest, Servant of God Michael J. McGivney with a small group of parishioners in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, gathered at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary, to support widows, families and orphans of the parish. Today, an organization headquartered in New Haven, which has almost two million members in more than 10 countries (including such countries as the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Bahamas o- you, Guam, Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Saipan, Cuba, Poland, and now also Ukraine and Lithuania).


The main task of the "Knights of Columbus" - "strong right arm of the Church" as it is called Pope John Paul II - fully support the Catholic Church in its mission by promoting evangelical virtues such as charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, and support Catholic family values .


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, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

Our Principles

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Our Structure

Supreme Council Office

The Knights of Columbus international headquarters is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Led by the Supreme Knight, the chief executive officer of the Knights, the office provides administrative support and leadership for our more than 14,000 local units.


The Supreme Council has more than 75 state council organizations to help guide regional activities that are consistent with the principles of the Order.


Each state council is divided into districts - groupings of several local councils.

Local Councils

Local councils are the basic unit of the Knights. Most are based in parishes, though some have their own council hall within a community. Each local council works to assist with the needs of its community consistent with the principles of the Order.

Insurance Agents

Every council is assigned a certified insurance agent, who is a Knight, and whose job it is to provide our top-rated products focused on the financial needs of members` families.

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.


Knights of Columbus in Ukraine:

"Knights of Columbus" was launched in Ukraine by the previous head of the UGCC, His Beatitude Cardinal (Husar), which in August 2005, during the 123 th Supreme Convention "Knights of Columbus", held in Chicago, USA, invited knights to arrive in Ukraine. This initiative was later supported by the head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav and Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki Metropolitan of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine.

Official website:


Knights of Columbus Headquarters

1 Columbus Plaza

New Haven, CT 06510

(203) 752-4000

Customer Service for Insurance Inquiries

(800) 380-9995


Knights of Columbus Headquarters

1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4000

Customer Service for Insurance Inquiries
(800) 380-9995

The gratitudes to the Knights of Columbus of the US for their humanitarian aid and tireless assistance to the victims of the war in Ukraine.

: 215 2023-03-27 20:17:59

It`s been a year since Russia launched a full scale invasion in Ukraine. We experienced a lot of suffering, a lot of sadness. The lives of young people who have sacrificed their lives on the altar of their homeland, defending the freedom of their country, have been taken. Many people suffer constantly. Many people have lost their homes, lost their loved ones. They went into the unknown. They are in a wonder. Many people were injured there. Many people mutilated, missing an arm, leg or other body parts. But there are also people of goodwill who rushed to help. Among them are the Knights of Columbus, our conferences in Poland, our Brothers, Knights in America, in the United States, who help each day through prayer, but also through humanitarian aid.

The Knights of Columbus have been helping Ukraine since the war started. The Supreme Knight visited Ukraine

: 867 2022-04-13 21:38:53

On April 12 of 2022, the Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly visited Ukraine. Even though it was a brief visit, it was of great importance.

The Anti-crisis Headquarters hands over medical equipment to the Lviv hospital

: 905 2022-03-27 18:09:07

On March 26, doctors in Lviv received the humanitarian aid cargo from their Polish colleagues. Together with the Knights of Columbus, the Association of Polish Surgeons sent 5 tonnes of medical equipment necessary for cardiac surgeries to the Ukrainian doctors from Lviv Regional Clinical Hospital.

Congratulation of Archbishop M. Mokrzycki to Patrick E. KELLY 14th Supreme Knight of Columbus

: 748 2021-03-02 17:31:35

Your Excellency,
All things have their beginning and their end. We all know and embrace this simple principle of life. Today it becomes most evident in the lives of two Knights of Columbus. The end of Carl Anderson’s ministry, becomes the beginning for you - Patrick E. Kelly.

Gratitude of archbishop M. Mokrzycki to His Excellency Supreme Knight of Columbus Carl A. ANDERSON

: 836 2021-03-01 15:58:48

Your Excellency,
There come times in life when a heart full of gratitude turns to God: “Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever” (Ps 118:1). Very often God, in order to show his goodness and grace, uses people whom he calls and chooses to build and spread the Kingdom of God on earth through their witness of faith.

Knights of Columbus founder Fr. Michael McGivney to be beatified

: 1012 2020-05-28 12:51:08

Vatican City, May 27, 2020 / 04:55 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr. Michael J. McGivney Wednesday, paving the way for the beatification of the founder of the Knights of Columbus.