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Why Join The Knights?

In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith and to provide for Catholic families in times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.

Guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity members of the Knights of Columbus work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. When you join our Council, you become part are a growing, worldwide, organization - nearly 2 million members - that for over 130 years have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows and orphans in our local communities.

Much like the original Council, The Msgr. Bryan O Walsh Council 13369, was established at St John Neumann Catholic Church, in 2003 with a group of 33 men. Monsignor Pablo Navarro, served as its founding Chaplain and continues to faithfully serve in that capacity  today.  Council 13369, has grown over the years to a membership of over 180 Catholic men.

Many who have joined our Council local say it has changed their lives. We are a band of brothers who are flawed in different ways but united in wanting to serve and please our Lord. “As iron sharpen iron, so one person sharpens another As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen the St John Neumann parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our portfolio of top-quality insurance products to financially protect your family. Some of the projects and activities we provide the parish and our community include:


  •  Men's Morning of Reflection

  •  Mother’s Day Breakfast

  •  Father's Day Book Giveaway

  •  Lenten Fish Fridays

  •  The Gift of Bethlehem Live Nativity

  •  Pastoral Appreciation Dinner

  •  Various prayer and Eucharistic adoration programs

  •  Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament

  •  Habitat for Humanity

  •  The Special Olympics

  •  Participating in the Food for Families programs

  •  Encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life

Don't think that becoming a Knight means that you'll need to sacrifice quality time with your family. By volunteering an hour here or an hour there - with your family - can make an enormous difference in your life and in the lives of others. Actually, often you'll see Knights involving their children in many of the activities and projects we participate in.

If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and your familial relationships, growing in your faith through fellowship with the men of the parish, then consider joining the Knights of Columbus at St John Neumann.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church. Want to learn more, go to the How To Join page and fill out the contact form and a member of the Council will call you.

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