Our History

On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith.

These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882. 

They were Knights of Columbus.


These Men they call Knights....
Why Join the Knights of Columbus?

Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.

Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Come see just what we are all about and take the first steps to enhance your personal life by viewing the segment, “Why Join?”


Who are the Knights?

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world’s largest Catholic family magazine, eligible to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to Join

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. You can complete the contact form below and someone will contact you with more information.

Council Newsletter


Knights of Columbus Council 7826 Officers for 2019-2020

Chaplain – Fr Jim Simko

Grand Knight – Ken Berberich

Deputy Grand Knight – Jim Meyd

Chancellor – Ron McCluskey

Recorder – Jeb Kingseed

Financial Secretary – Philip Arsenault

Treasurer- Joseph Sommer

Warden- Rob Carver

Advocate – Joe Tiffany

Inside Guard – Jack Christy

Outside Guard – Hank Peppard

Lecturer – Jim Clark

Trustee (3) – Johnnie Turner

Trustee (2) – Larry Hall

Trustee (1) – Dan Bulinski

Field Agent – Alan Kotlarski




Our next Council Meeting is on Thursday, December 12th, in the Spirit Center. Start time at 7:00 PM with refreshments to follow.

At the October Council meeting, the Knight of the Month Certificate was presented to Brother Derek Noll by our Grand Knight Ken Berberich.

Also, at the October Council meeting, the Family of the Month Certificate was announced as Ed and Fran Plankey by our Grand Knight Ken Berberich.  The certificate was presented at the November meeting.



Also, at the November Council meeting, the Family of the Month Certificate was announced as John and Kathy Malloy.  The certificate will be presented at the December meeting and a photo added.


At the November Council meeting, Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Brothers Brian Harkins, Cecilio Fernandez, Woody Hayes, and Charles Baldelli.
Heritage Oaks

The next social event for the Council will be a dinner at Heritage Oaks Country Club on Friday, December 20th.  More details forthcoming.  


Spring Training Concession Stand.  Please contact Brother Charlie Culkin for more details.


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About Us

Guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity, members of the Knights of Columbus work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. We are a growing organization — nearly 2 million members — and for over 130 years. Our local Council #7826 at St. Thomas More is comprised of 180 plus members, with Knights and their family members active in many parish and community events. Additionally we usually conduct a monthly social event and are an organization that enjoys much camaraderie.

Joining our local council of the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our portfolio of top-quality insurance products to financially protect your family. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

Our Council Business Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm, typically in the Spirit Center. This site includes information about our Council activities (including a full calendar), along with a listing of our Council Officers. If you have any questions or need additional information, please use the contact form on this website.

If you would like to immediately join the Knights, please go to kofc.org/joinus for the e-membership form. Also, visit Floridakofc.org to see all activities of the Florida Knights of Columbus.

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