The Knights of Columbus is a family, fraternal service organization that was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut. The purpose was to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement; to promote closer ties of fraternity among them; and to set up an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and orphans of deceased members would not find themselves in dire financial straits.
From its early beginnings, we have grown to an international organization of more than 1.7 million members in more than 13,000 Councils. These Council members dedicate themselves to the four principles of the Knights of Columbus: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
The base group is the local council. Our Council 10407 was organized in June 1990 with an initial group of 51 Charter Members. Today we are 230 members strong. The initial membership came from a large part of Southwest Johnson County (Gardner, Spring Hill, Edgerton, Olathe, DeSoto, and Wellsville).
Since this area encompassed several parishes, we did not associate with a specific parish. After several years we became known as Sacred Heart Council. Today, after some parish mergers, we are referred to as Sacred Heart Church of Divine Mercy Parish Council.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See who are not less than 18 years of age. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church. A “Form 100” is the application for membership and is to be completed and submitted to the council’s admission committee for approval. Upon approval, the applicant is invited to a First Degree.
Membership is a key factor for all councils and 10407 has excellent success in this area. Membership is the responsibility of all members, not just the membership chairmen. Actively think of men who would be interested in becoming a member. Seek them out. If you have a candidate for membership, they can be referred to our membership chairmen if you are uncomfortable in recruiting them yourself.
Make a serious effort to attend council meetings. Communication is much more effective if we have the benefits of face to face sharing of ideas and information. It is understood that many members travel and are unable to attend meetings regularly. In that case, read the bulletin, the council newsletters, “Columbia” and this web site. Keep in touch with other members between meetings and participate in program activities.