The Knights of Columbus are a Catholic men’s charitable and fraternal organization, founded in 1882, in New Haven, Connecticut by Father Michael J. McGivney. Father McGivney founded the organization in order to fight against anti~Catholic discrimination.
I first joined the order in May, 1992, when my parish’s council, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council 794 in Lindenhurst, New York, had a membership drive. During the time I was there, I was involved with very many activities, including bingo, night at the races, and their bar. I got the Fourth Degree while I was with them.
In April, 2006, I moved to northeastern Pennsylvania, where I joined Assumpta Council 3987 in Luzerne. Unfortunately I never got significantly involved with them but I frequently went there to say hello.
During the end of December, 2013, I moved to Long Beach, New York, and soon joined Monsignor John Cass Council 2626. Recently I became an inside guard, and then the recording secretary.
Membership in our order is restricted to Catholic men, but we have many activities for women, children, and teenagers. In each council, members like to get entire families involved with activities that work to the advantage of both the Church and the community in general.
The order was named after Christopher Columbus, the controversial fifteenth century Genoan explorer, who has been the subject of many spurious claims against him. He was chosen as the order’s patron because of his having played such a prominent part in the beginnings of the New World.
Here is my entry for Your Daily Word Prompt.