he Knights of Columbus are a million-plus international Catholic fraternal organization. We are based in the U.S. but have councils in Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, and Europe. For more information, go to www.kofc.org.
The St. Maximilian Kolbe Council #11355 is the council for the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. We have more than 150 members and do a wide variety of charitable works in the parish and community.
Please take some time reviewing all the good work you can do as a Knight. When you are ready to consider joining our council, you can contact Paul Landers at 755-2440, Doug Zeik at 779-3776, or Steve Lutz at 503-9562, and they will answer any questions and get you started on your way.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day. Here at St. Max, we provide meals to the Chosen Homeless Shelter, pray at abortion clinics, volunteer in various roles throughout the parish, host a free-throw tournament for those with special needs, and many other charitable activities.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
For more information on why you should join the Knights, visit the Knights of Columbus “Why Join” page.
The Knights of Columbus encourages its members to meet their responsibilities as Catholic citizens and to become active in the political life of their local communities, to vote and to speak out as individual citizens on the public issues of the day. To understand these responsibilities, the Knights of Columbus looks to The Second Vatican Council, which identifies the mission of the Catholic faithful to build a society consistent with Gospel values when it states, “By reason of their special vocation, it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will…. Thus especially by the witness of their life resplendent in faith, hope and charity, they must manifest Christ to others.” (Lumen Gentium, 31)
The Knights especially invites its members to speak out on three key issues.
For more information, please visit the national Knights of Columbus Policy Page.