St. Luke’s Parish is home to the Knights of Columbus
Our Lady of the Valley Council 10889.
Thanks to the efforts of Blessed Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. In recognition of his “heroic virtue”, Blessed McGivney was beatified on October 31st, 2020.
The Knights 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.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Blessed Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society and largest Pro-Life group worldwide. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to nearly 16,000 councils and over 2 million members around the world. This includes over 300 councils on college campuses.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are 18 years of age or older. General Meetings are held monthly on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Parish Family Centre.
To obtain more information on the Knights or how you can benefit from joining the Knights, please contact Grand Knight Ed Braumberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.