By , May 11, 2011

History of Council #9632

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, Conn. 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.

Sacred Heart Sculpture

Sacred Heart Sculpture

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 A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The Order provides the highest quality insurance, annuity and long-term care products to its members, along with many other fraternal benefits.

The Sacred Heart Knights of Council #9632 is the governing body of the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart parish and was formed in 1987. The Sacred Heart Council duties include defining and advancing its values and goals; supporting many ministries and activities at Sacred Heart parish; promoting awareness about the Knights’ within our parish; protecting the families of members through its extensive insurance program; initiating many charitable activities; and leading work projects that benefit Sacred Heart families, church, and school.

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