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Council 10852 News


Knights of Columbus are men committed to acting on our faith and helping the world.

Our strong dedication to serving the Church is rooted in our order’s humble beginnings. On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family, fraternal service organization. They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith.

The order has been called “the strong right arm of the Church,” and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement, and aid to those in need.

As Knights, our faith is our foundation. Through involvement with the Knights of Columbus, our members become better Catholics. Our fraternity of brotherhood gives us the strength and desire to grow in our faith.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 18 years old.

Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Knights are men who get things done. We volunteer our time to serve our parishes and our communities. By working together, St Matthew Council 10852 was able to donate more than $850,000 and 250,000 volunteer hours to worthy causes in the past decade.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please click here for current volunteering opportunities.

Time Commitment

All are asked to serve as they are able, recognizing that family and job commitments come first.



To learn more about becoming a Knight of Columbus, please email the Knights Membership Director by clicking here.

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