Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael McGivney in 1882 in the state of Connecticut.  His purpose in establishing a group of men was manifold: to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement; to promote closer ties of fraternity among them; and to set up an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members in the group who might die would not find themselves in dire financial straits.

Today the Knights of Columbus is 1.8 million members strong and can be found in several countries, such as: Canada, Philippines, Mexico and Poland.   The Supreme headquarters can be found at New Haven, Connecticut.  One of the main principles of the order is Charity.  Over the past decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated more than $1.4 billion to charity and provided more than 653 million hours of volunteer service.  The order has grown beyond the limits of caring for widows and children as set by Father McGivney and has significantly expanded its outreach to those in need.  For instance, the Knights were there to financially help those in need after 9/11, the Knights were there after Katrina devastated the South, the Knights were there for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.  In a special audience with the Holy Father last December, the supreme Knight presented the pope with a check for $1.6 million to support his charities.  Repair work at the Vatican has been funded by the Knights.  Through the legal efforts of the Knights, a move to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance has been stopped in the courts in 2011.

Besides the activities from headquarters, work is also done at the State level and the local Councils.  None of the activities mentioned above are possible without having the support of Catholic men.  To learn more about the Knights of Columbus, check the website: or call Joseph Pavelchak, Past Grand Knight, District Deputy at 434-454-7011.

Blessed Trinity Council serves the three local parishes: St. Paschal, St. Catherine and Good Shepherd.  The Council meets at St. Catherine's in Clarksville at 7:00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.  The 1st Wednesday is the business meeting.