SEE ANNUAL LETTER FOR 2023 FROM OUR GRAND KNIGHT IN RESULTS & UPCOMING EVENTS TAB
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- Our Charter
- Details about the Knights of Columbus and Our History
- Merchants we ask you to support
- Contact address for council
-Links in the last WEB Tab will get you to our Social Site plus Key KofC State and National Sites as well as the National Newsletter
Late-19th century Connecticut was marked by the growing fraternal benefit societies, anti-Catholic prejudice and dangerous factory working conditions that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a need in his community, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a group of men at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies antithetical to Church teaching, uniting Catholic men and helping families of deceased members.
To demonstrate their loyalty to their country as well as their faith, these men took Christopher Columbus — recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America – as their patron. The Knights of Columbus elected officers in February 1882 and assumed corporate status on March 29.
In addition to the Order’s benefits, Catholic men were drawn to the Knights because of its emphasis on serving one’s Church, community and family with virtue. Fraternity and patriotism were added to the Knights’ founding principles of charity and unity in 1885 and 1900, respectively.
1882: The Knights of Columbus is born on Feb. 6, 1882, when the first members choose Columbus as their patron. Immediately after the Order’s March 29 incorporation, Father McGivney sends a diocesan-wide appeal for new members to priests.
St John the Baptist Knights of Columbus Council #8002 is part of this global Catholic Fraternal organization in 17 Countries with over 2.1 million members.
The St John the Baptist Knights have been in Winfield since March of 1982 serving our Parish and larger community.
The Knights of Columbus council at St. John the Baptist Parish was formed on March 29, 1982 –the 100th anniversary of the Knights – when Father John Sebahar, the Pastor asked Jim Marino to try to establish a Knights Council for his church. The Knights started with 33 members and currently have just over 200 families represented from all parts of the parish and other areas. The Charter is depicted in the WEB site and is on Display in Sebahar hall with the names of the founding members. With a current active membership 0f 200+, we are actively involved in fundraising efforts supporting items such as:
-Scholarships for College students and local grade schools
-Community programs in Winfield and the surrounding community
-The Dupage Convalescent center
-Ronald McDonald Charity House(s)
-Special Needs groups including Special Olympics
-St Vincent DePaul Society/Winfield Park District/Lions Club
-Support for the homeless and local Cub/Boy Scout Groups
The enclosed PDF file depicts a very detailed history of our council. Also other area of our WEB pages also show details of events, members, officers, calendars, etc.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference. Presently if you want to donate send to KofC Council 8002, PO Box 286, Winfield, IL 60190 DO NOT USE THE LINK BELOW!