Knights of Columbus
Lafayette Council 361
established in 1898
A lay Catholic family fraternal service organization open to all Catholic men in communion with the Holy See (i.e., one must accept and abide by the Commandments of God and the precepts and tenets of the Catholic church), age eighteen and above. One of the primary missions of the Knights of Columbus is to support local charities To find out more about the Knights of Columbus, visit the national or state website for the Knights of Columbus.
The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney 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 Father 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. 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 more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.