History -- Growth of the Knights of Columbus
On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven. 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.
These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882. They were Knights of Columbus.
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.
Father McGivney’s founding vision for the Order also included a life insurance program to provide for the widows and orphans of deceased members. The Order’s insurance program has expanded substantially to serve more effectively the Knights’ growing membership.
Year after year, the Knights of Columbus has earned the highest possible quality ratings for financial soundness from outside ratings agencies. The Order provides the highest quality insurance, annuity and long-term care products to its members, along with many other fraternal benefits.
The Supreme Council is the governing body of the Knights of Columbus and is responsible for the development of the organization as a whole. Supreme Council duties include establishing the Order in new regions and setting up regional authorities, defining and advancing its values and goals, undertaking organization-wide initiatives, promoting awareness of the Knights’ mission worldwide, and protecting the families of members through its extensive insurance program. Members working in local, or subordinate councils, however, carry on the majority of the Knights’ beneficial work.
Why Join the Knights of Columbus?
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.
Knights are Catholic men, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
WHY Y O U SHOULD JOIN
It offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same religious beliefs, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbors and who stand side by side in defense of those beliefs.
The Knights of Columbus organization has a proud heritage. A Catholic man can share in that heritage and build an even greater future by affiliating himself with this forceful, effective group.
Upon acceptance, the applicant becomes a member by participating in a ceremonial known as the First Degree. Later he advances through the Second Degree and Third Degree ceremonies.
A 3rd degree Knight is eligible to become a Sir Knight at the next exemplification ceremony following elevation to 3rd degee. This Fourth Degree, also known THE PATRIOTIC DEGREE, is the highest degree in the Order.
THE SUPREME & STATE COUNCILS
The Supreme Council governs the operations of the Order at the National level. Each State and Territory operates as a subordinate entity of the Order headed by an elected State Deputy and his officers. This allows for better administration of the programs and activities of the Order.
Council #4483 Information:
The Holy Rosary Council is located one block East of Recreation Park between Miner Street and Kensington Road in Arlington Heights, IL. The Grand Knight for 2014-2014 is Mike McNicholas. You can contact our council by phone at (847) 255-4483.
Holy Rosary Council No. 4483 is the local entity which serves the parishioners of St. Edna, St. James, Our Lady of the Wayside, along with St. Colette in Rolling Meadows, IL.
This Council has been especially active in the Pro-Life Movement, the Salute, Inc. and Yellow-Ribbon programs which assist our Military troops and their families, and the Rest in His Arms Foundation which provides Christian burials for abandoned infants. In addition, we promote vocations by giving financial support to seminarians. Perhaps to best known fundraiser is the annual “Tootsie Roll drive” officially known as the Intellectual Disabilities Program. We provide funds for many charitable projects and organizations. Also, many of our members are active participants in their respective parishes.
Council #4483 Meetings:
Member only business meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM. Our social meetings, usually open to the public, are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM.
The Knights of Columbus Programs are divided into five major categories: CHURCH, COMMUNITY, YOUTH, FAMILY, and COUNCIL. Each group of programs and activities are headed by a program director.
Church activities include monthly Rosary night, Vocations financial support, Pro-Life program, Thanksgiving Day Mass, Corporate communions at our parish churches, May Crowning, etc.
Community activities include parade participation, Intellectual DisabilitiesDrive, Clearbrook client dinner dances, etc.
Youth activities include children’s Breakfast with Santa, Spelling Bee, Free-Throw Contest, etc.
Family activities include Pancake Breakfasts, Family Picnic, Fish Fries, etc.
Council activities include PGK honor night, Council Open Houses, Council Newsletter, etc.
There are a wide variety of interesting activities from which a Knight may choose to determine his level of involvement in the Council’s work. Many activities, such as the Social Meeting, provide programs which include the wives and children. The spouse of a Knight is automatically a member of the council’s Ladies’ Auxiliary.