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Exeter Coun­cil was founded August 1, 1920. The Coun­cil works closely with the St. Michael Parish in Exeter and St. Mary Parish in New­mar­ket, pro­vid­ing funds for var­i­ous projects and all mem­bers are active par­tic­i­pants in the Church. Read more in the Coun­cil His­tory arti­cle.

Who are the Knights of Columbus?

guildThanks 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, 3rdDegree color logobrought 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 more than 13,000 coun­cils and 1.7 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 and Saipan.