OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE

Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Conn., and a group of parishioners. Their intent? To bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families.

Silver City Council No. 2, Knights of Columbus, was established May 16, 1883. We are the oldest continuously active Council in the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization. We invite Catholic men to join our Council and our Order to further our founding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

Video: Father Sievel's synopsis of the Meriden Knights of Columbus Council No. 2's founding:

Refer to the book Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism, Chapter 12: Faith in Meriden by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster