History

About our Council

The Council of Knights was established on March 21,1956 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with 27 new members initiated and 17 who transferred in from other Council’s The First Grand Knight was Emmett Cater and the Deputy Grand Knight was Nelson Jechow.

The Financial Secretary was Frank Stolinski and the Chaplain was the pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church he was Rev. Henry Herbst

For a number of years the council met and used the facilities of Sts. Peter & Paul -assisting with various activities and functions of the Church.

In February 1966, work was started on a new Council Hall . On Oct. 9,1966 the Council Hall was dedicated at our current location 111 Landa Street.

The Council is led by Officers . Part of the Officers are our Directors , who direct our involvement in these areas: Leading these is our Program Director. Then we have Church , Community , Council , Family, Youth, Pro-Life, and Membership Directors.

There are also various Committee’s with Chairmen who lead the Committees , some but not all include :

Church :5th Sunday Corporate Communions/Breakfast, Once a month (rotating) after Mass Fellowship at the various parishes , Recognition and Knight with the Seminarians ,distribution of literature thru racks at the 3 Churches on and about the Catholic Church and Christian Living, recites the Rosary prayer before meetings.

Community: Sponsors a Birthday and Christmas party at one of the local Rest Home Facilities, enters a float in the Local Fair Parade-telling the Community about the Council. sponsors magazines and books at the New Braunfels public Library, Honors the local law and Fire Depts. With a dinner for them and their spouses , provides parking for a large local community Celebration(Wurstfest)-thru this we also raise funds for our various Charities, sponsors a food drive at Christmas time, sponsors a quarterly blood drive , holds an annual social for members and Families in honor or our namesake Christopher Columbus.

History of the Knights

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed 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.

For men in every walk of life the name Knights of Columbus engenders the image of a united organization, efficiently going about it tasks of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the priesthood. It is composed of men who are giving unselfishly of their time and talents in service of God and their country.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus provides opportunity for wholesome association with congenial companions who are, first of all, practical Catholic gentlemen. It offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same belief, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbor and who stand side by side in defense of those beliefs. Programs are organized to appeal to the individual interest of the members. Through many constructive activities of Christian fraternity, members are enabled to render service to their Church, their community, their country and their fellowman. Through membership they develop a consciousness of their ability to lead and to assist.

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