The Knights of Columbus – Fulton J. Sheen Council #7612
The Knights of Columbus is a dynamic Catholic organization of men over 18 years of age who join together in activities which support family, church, fraternity, youth, community and charitable works. The Fulton J. Sheen Council, established in 1980, supports St. Joseph Catholic Community in Sykesville. It is one of approximately 90 councils in Maryland.
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 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.
The Knights of Columbus is a dynamic Catholic organization of men over 18 years of age who join together in activities which support family, church, fraternity, youth, community and charitable works. The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council 7612, established in 1980, supports St. Joseph Catholic Community. It is one of approximately 100 councils in Maryland.
Resources: KOFC.ORG Website
The Sheen’s Colleens is a complement of women whose husbands and sons are members of the Fulton J. Sheen Council #7612 of the Knights of Columbus. The women not only join with the Knights in their activities, but engage in charitable functions of their own as well, with the focus of the Catholic family as their inspiration.
St. Michael’s Circle of the Columbian Squires is a service-oriented organization of young Catholic men between the ages of 12 and 19. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the group enjoys autonomy in their programming, which includes spiritual, social, and service activities.