Our History

The Founders State

Connecticut State Council

Today the Knights of Columbus is an international organization, the largest Catholic fraternal society in the world with millions of members, “the strong right arm of the Church”, and one of the largest financial services entities in North America, but it all started as the idea of one young parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut. When Blessed Michael McGivney called the men of his parish to a meeting in the church basement, few could have foreseen that this would change the world.

Within a few years, Blessed McGivney’s organization spread to parishes beyond Connecticut, which led to the establishment of State Councils. State Councils are subordinate to the Supreme Council and oversee the local councils in a state, province, territory or other jurisdiction. The Connecticut State Council was organized on April 26, 1893.

Connecticut knights can take special pride in knowing that the Order was founded here by a Connecticut native, but this also give us a special obligation to fulfill the mission established by our Blessed Founder, and to set an example for others.