The Knights of Columbus
Fraternal organization for Catholic men founded in 1882
“In the last fraternal year, we donated nearly $154 million to worthy causes, both large and small. And we Knights stepped up with close to 48 million hours of volunteer service.”
Who Are the Knights?
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Council 7904 is based at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ and works to incorporate these guiding principles into everything that we do to help benefit our council, parish, and community.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity – 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.
Unity – Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that we can accomplish far more together than any of us could individually. 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 Brothers passed away, often prematurely. Knights donate 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.
Together, We Can Make a Difference.
Our Council is involved in all aspects of Parish life and works to help foster a sense of community with all Parishioners as well as focusing on the first priority of the Knights which is Charity.
Our members participate in many different programs and activities that are designed with these goals in mind. Our Parish activities include:
Coffee and Donuts
People with Intellectual Disabilities Fund Raiser
And Many More
Our members are invited to pursue those activities that interest them most that help them broaden their spirituality as well as helping to grow the community at Holy Cross Parish.
Council 7904 undertakes numerous activities throughout the year to help the Parish, our local community, and our Seminarians.
The Knights participate in and hold many Parish activities that bring not only the Council but the entire Parish community together.
Our order is dedicated to its members and their families both those that are still with us and those that have been called to their Heavenly home.
The Knights believe that we are truly one nation under God and strive to reinforce that message among members and the community at large. Knights can often be found at Memorial Day and 4th of July events celebrating the USA.
Every year a new group of Officers are elected by the membership to lead the Council.
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Grand Knight: Marcus Ray