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The Growth of the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an International Catholic, fraternal service organization open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical Catholics in communion with the Holy See. The Order of the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael McGiveney, the assistant priest at St. Mary's parish in New Haven, Connecticut.  His purposes in establishing the order were:
Thus the Order's highly-rated insurance program grew from those early objectives.

Today, the Knights number over 1.8 million men organized in councils in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

The International, or Supreme, Headquarters is in New Haven, CT.  Local councils are organized together into state, province or country councils.  Texas has over 650 councils with over 106 of those councils in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.  Texas membership reached over 100,000 in 2013 and is the largest state membership in the US.

All Knights of Columbus are dedicated to four common ideals of Columbianism.  They are strived for by taking four degrees:

The Knights of Columbus now have many basic programs which aim at specific areas of need:

Church Programs
Youth Programs
Family Programs
Community Programs
Fund Raisers

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