Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society that 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 Knights of Columbusand 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 more than 12,000 councils and 1.6 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

The Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Council, was formed in 1972 and is active in St. Aloysius and the Bowling Green Community. Charitable activities include Fundraising for Mental Health and support for St. Aloysius Youth Program Missionary work trips. The Council participates in the parish Red Cross blood drive, hosts Lenten Fish Fries to support St. Aloysius Church and School, and provides Christmas presents for Veterans at the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Sandusky along with many other worthwhile causes.

In addition to these charitable activities the Knights have social activities for members and their families. The Knights have family pot luck dinners, trips to Tiger and Mudhen baseball games, chili suppers along with hockey and basketball games, and football tailgate parties. They have toured Christmas displays at the Wood County Historical Museum, Toledo Zoo, and the Wildwood Metropark Manor, as well as the WTOL studio, Wall Street Journal and the Davis Besse Nuclear Plant.

Faith, Family and Fraternity make up the foundation upon which the Knights of Columbus stands. Our programs and projects make a difference in communities and countries throughout the world.