History

On October 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.

Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.

Since those humble but promising beginnings in New Haven, the Knights of Columbus has grown to over 1.7 million members, serving their church and communities in over 14,000 local councils.

On March 1, 2009, the Holy Family Council, number 14712, was officially chartered by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. We began our work with 31 men committed to their faith, their families, their community, and their country, and we have continued to grow not only in numbers but in our desire to give glory to God and to serve those in need.