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Knights of Columbus, a fraternal, benevolent society of Catholic men
was founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882, by Father Michael J.
McGivney and a small group of pioneering Catholics to provide much
needed security for widows and orphans of Catholic parishioners. The
order’s goal is to promote social and intellectual interchange, to
protect and promote Catholic interests, and to foster a spirit of
fraternity among citizens of all races and creeds. These Catholic
men and their families are dedicated to promoting the concepts of
charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Today there are more than
1.8 million members in over 15,000 councils on three continents and
numerous Island nations around the globe.
The first council formed in Kentucky was Council 390 in
Louisville on December 7, 1898. The State Council was
established in 1903 following the institution of Covington
Council 702 and Lexington Council 762. Over the years the
Knights of Columbus in Kentucky has grown dramatically and today
stands at 92 councils with a membership in excess of 11,000.
If you are a practical Catholic man at least 18 years old, the
Knights of Columbus may be for you. Contact us at the Kentucky
State Council or the nearest local council in your area
Bill Schmidt, State Deputy
Mission Statement: The Kentucky State Council is dedicated to growing the Order throughout the state of Kentucky to further the vision of our
founder, Fr. Michael J. McGivney. The Order was founded on the principle of Charity,
specifically to care for the widow and orphan of a Brother Knight. Later the principles of Unity and Fraternity, as well as
Patriotism were added. It is in these primary teachings that the Kentucky State Council will grow
the Order by implementing programs that exemplify these principles. The leadership of the State Council will lead by example and
through strong communication to inspire its members into action.