About Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Council 8440 is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization whose primary function is Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism, within its membership, the St. Therese Catholic Parish, and the North Fort Myers, Florida community. We are a non-profit organization that supports many charitable projects.

Who are the Knights?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

An organization like no other....

We are an organization of dedicated individuals that since 1882, has embodied the selflessness of man as it has helped overcome the problems of the world. Poverty. Ignorance. Apathy. Things which imperil not only a single individual, but the whole of humanity.

We are men of faith, comprising over 12,000 Knights of Columbus Councils at home and overseas. Guild not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but by our belief in each other, and in ourselves.

We are the Knights of Columbus. Believing that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God, and as a leader in his community. Believing that a man is more than simply a man, when he bears the title of Knight.

An immovable foundation....

In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney invited a small group of parishioners to gather in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven , Connecticut. His goal was simple to establish an Order that would unite men in their faith as well as help provide for Catholic families in times of need. It was in that humblest of beginnings that the Knights of Columbus was Founded. Guided by four core principles - Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism - these founding members strove to overcome hardships of the time. Poverty. Unemployment. Even persecution. Father Michael J. McGivney's perseverance and foresight have resulted in the largest Catholic fraternal and humanitarian organization ever created. An organization that has endured for over a century because of the inspirational courage of so many.