Father Michael J. McGivney

Father Michael J. McGivney was a 29-year-old assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., when he founded the Knights of Columbus on March 29th 1882. The fraternity was created to help its members, their families and beneficiaries of members and their families; to help each other and assist the sick, disabled and needy members and their families; promoting social and intellectual intercourse among its members and their families, and to promote and conduct educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and welfare and public relief work.