The State Council is pleased to announce the following Membership Incentive Program for the 2019–2020 Fraternal Year; supported through a new monetary incentive program of the Supreme Council.
Any council that reaches their quarterly goal of membership intake and suspends less than 3% of their membership will qualify for an entry into a $500 raffle for that respective quarter.
Established on April 26, 1893, there are currently 200 councils throughout Connecticut with just over 23,500 members.
It is difficult to separate the foundation of the Connecticut State Council from the foundation of the Order. For a number of years they were one in the same. The Knights of Columbus was not born of a grand plan for a national organization, but from Fr. Michael J. McGivney’s perception of the need for a local fraternal insurance society. By April 1885 there were 20 councils in the Order. Narragansett Council 21 was to have been instituted in Stonington, Connecticut. On April 15, 1885. However, on April 14 fire destroyed the hall where the institution was to have been held. There being no other site available in Stonington, the institution was held in neighboring Westerly, Rhode Island, expanding the Order across state lines.
At the 1890 Supreme Council Meeting, the delegates approved a new governing structure that provided for the establishment of State Councils. Thereby providing that the Supreme Council would be made up of State Councils, which, in turn, were comprised of local councils. The Connecticut State Council was the third State Council established, after Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The order is dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.
Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity means none of us is as good as all of us. This principle helps Knights realize their true potential as Christian brothers and the sacred power of unity. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually.
The Knights of Columbus was founded, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another. Knights that have attained the 3rd degree enjoy privileges that include ability to serve as a local council officer, and admission to state and Supreme Council business meetings.
Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue, the fourth being “Patriotism”. Thus the 4th Degree is often known as ‘The Patriotic Degree’. It was established in New York on 22 February, 1900. The requirements for joining the 4th are that a brother Knight must have been a third degree member in good standing for at least one year, be an exemplary Catholic, and be of sound citizenship of his country. The Fourth Degree is frequently regarded as an honorary title with it’s regalia of tuxedos, capes, chapeaux and swords but should rather be thought of in terms of service to church and country, and the goals of the Fourth Degree may be summarised as the promotion of the ideals of Catholicism and Patriotism side by side.