The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization, founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGiveny in New Haven, Connecticut, to meet the needs of Catholic families whose breadwinner was deceased. From this humble beginning the K of C has grown to more than 1.8 million members, in 14,000 local councils, in 13 countries. The K of C insurance program has paid out millions of dollars in death benefits to the families of deceased members.
The K of C is often referred to as “The Strong Right Arm of the Church.” This is due to many church related activities supported by the K of C. In 2009, the K of C raised and distributed nearly $150 million and contributed over 70 million volunteer hours of service to church, community, youth and fellow man. They created the $25 million “Knights of Columbus Vicarius Cnristi” fund that generates 1.6 – 1.8 million dollars a year for the Pope’s good works. They also pay the uplink cost for the televising of Papal ceremonies, especially at Christmas and during Holy Week. They have contributed nearly $10 million to the U S Bishop’s Pro Life educational fund. The Knights have also contributed over 44 million dollars for seminarians and vocations. There are many other state & national programs sponsored by the K of C.
Locally, Harrison Council #2633 which was founded in 1927 sponsors Boy Scout Troop #408. They also sponsor events for St. John’s PTC, St. John’s Athletic Association, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Harrison Mayors Fund, Reach Out Pregnancy Center, Cincinnati Right to Life, mentally handicapped programs at local schools, Radio Rosary, T V Mass, Girl Scouts, as well as St. John’s Parish.
The Harrison Council has many family oriented functions throughout the year. These include a Christmas party, Easter Egg hunt, awards banquet, volunteers banquet, and an active camper’s group. For information contact Joel Beck, 513-680-2058.