Attn: Member Knights

You may access the members only section by clicking here.  You will need to enter the username: member and the access password you were given for the old website. Contact Dave Freund or Dan Klodt if you need further assistance by selecting the 'Contact Us' link located on  the left side of this page.

Knight Heroes

Recent Announcements & Reminders

  • 2021-2022 Proposed Budget The 2021-2022 proposed budget is available for review in the members section of the website.
    Posted Apr 25, 2021, 3:05 PM by Knights Webmaster
  • Wild Game Raffle Winners The drawing was held Thursday Feb. 4, 2021 at 7pm.   Here is the list of winners: $100 RAFFLE             Prize                                                                                         Winner 1st      Ruger A/R S/A .450 Bushmaster Rifle                                       Bill ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2021, 12:08 PM by Knights Webmaster
  • 2020-2021 Proposed Budget The 2020-2021 proposed budget is available for review in the members side of the website.
    Posted Jun 1, 2020, 5:36 PM by Knights Webmaster

  • Posted Oct 13, 2013, 10:43 AM by Knights Webmaster
Showing posts 1 - 4 of 4. View more »

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.


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.

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! 


Grand Knight Dave  Trakul

Chancellor Giuseppe Messina
Deputy Grand Knight Brian Klopp

Inside Guard Steve Kreft
Financial Secretary Bud Lawson
Outside Guard Dan Bazella
Treasurer Ron George
3 Year Trustee Andy Brege
Recorder Francis Jacobs
2 Year Trustee Ron Pioch
Warden Patrick Jacobs
1 Year Trustee Dave Zerbe
Advocate Andrew Beardslee

Chaplain Fr. Jim Eisele