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Recent Announcements & Reminders

  • 2017-2018 St Michael Scholarships The rules and application for entry into the Council's tuition award program are available on the members only side of the website.  They are due by Monday May 8 ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2017, 3:34 PM by Knights Webmaster
  • Duo at the Ledges Duo at the Ledges is Saturday June 10.  There will be a 1/2 marathon, 10k and 5k runs.  If you would like to run in the event or volunteer ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2017, 4:53 PM by Knights Webmaster
  • 2016-2017 Budget The 2016-2017 budget as approved at the June meeting is available in the member section of the site.  .
    Posted Jun 30, 2016, 4:02 PM by Knights Webmaster
  • 2016-2017 Tuition Award Program The rules and application for entry into the Council's tuition award program are available on the members only side of the website.  They are due by May 20, 2016
    Posted May 7, 2016, 8:18 AM by Knights Webmaster
  • February 2017 Newsletter The February Newsletter has been posted in the member section
    Posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:17 PM by Knights Webmaster
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Who We Are


About the Knights of Columbus...

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.

The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need. As recently as 1992, Mother Teresa of Calcutta praised the Knights in a speech on the occasion of her reception of the first Knights of Columbus Gaudium et Spes Award.

Thanks to the inspired work of Father McGivney—as well as that of millions of other Knights over the past century—the Knights of Columbus now stands at its pinnacle of membership, benefits and service. Currently, there are over 1.6 million Knights of Columbus—more than ever before in our Order's history. Together with their families, the Knights are nearly 6 million strong. In addition, from the first local council in New Haven, the Order has grown to more than 12,000 councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Each year, the Order continues this strong growth.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE AND INSURANCE

As the Order has grown, its benevolence has multiplied. The Order continues to break all previous records for charitable contributions and volunteer service. In the past decade, the Knights donated nearly $1 billion to numerous charitable causes and nearly 400 million hours of volunteer service. In 1999 alone, the Knights donated nearly $109 million and 55 million volunteer hours to charitable causes.

Father McGivney's founding vision for the Order also included establishing a life insurance program to provide for the widows and orphans of deceased members. The Order's insurance program has expanded substantially to serve more effectively the Knights' growing membership. Year after year, the Knights of Columbus has earned the highest possible quality ratings for financial soundness from A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's. The Order provides the highest quality insurance and annuity products to its members, along with many other fraternal benefits.

CHARITY, UNITY, FRATERNITY, AND PATRIOTISM
Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today.

If you would like to join or simply learn more about our Council here at St. Michaels in Grand Ledge, click  'Please Contact Me'  now just fill in your contact information, and we give you call promptly.
 
Right here at St. Michaels you will find brother Knights working to fulfill the central mission of the Order: striving in charitable works; serving the Church and unified in following its teachings; supporting brother Knights in their temporal and spiritual needs; acting for the good of their country; and giving aid to widows, orphans, the sick and the poor. This is Father McGivney's dream, echoing across the century, and living today in the hearts of his brothers and all of those they touch.

Vivat Jesus! 

Officers

Grand Knight Ron Pioch

Chancellor Dan Klodt
Deputy Grand Knight

Inside Guard Eric Smith
Financial Secretary Bud Lawson
Outside Guard Patrick Jacobs
Treasurer Joe Walczak
3 Year Trustee Dave Zerbe
Recorder Ray Merrill
2 Year Trustee Dave Freund
Warden Bob Brown
1 Year Trustee Eric Hafner
Advocate Andy Brege

Chaplain Fr. Jim Eisele