The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
In 2005, members reported volunteering 64,039,706 hours of service and Knights at all levels donated a record a record $139.7 million to charity, including $33,638,426 in contributions by the Supreme Council and its charitable foundations; $12,685,401 from state councils; and $93,387,792 in donations from councils, assemblies and Squires circles. The monies raised at the state and local levels are expended exclusively for state and local programs.
History of the Knights of Columbus
On Oct. 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney. 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.
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.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 12,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
"Protecting Families for Generations" is a motto that captures the Knights' adherence to the legacy of its founder and fidelity to his vision.
The Knights of Columbus St. James Council #2299 is for Catholic men of St. John parish and their families. It meets on the 2nd and the 4th Mondays of each month at the St. John Church Hall at 7:30 p.m.
We pray the rosary at 7:00 pm and our business meeting commences at 7:30 pm.
Officers for St. James Council #2299
|Grand Knight||Rob Beiter|
|Deputy Grand Knight||Ben Ring|
|Financial Secretary||Don Vasko|
|Treasurer||John F. Switzer|
|Inside Guard||Terry McDaniel|
|Outside Guard||Don Gable|
|Trustee for One Year||Tim. Roberts|
|Trustee for Two Years||Tom Walsh|
|Trustee for Three Years||Monte Amnah|
|Chaplain||Fr. William Ferguson|