In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith and to provide for Catholic families in times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.
our Council's history
In Fall of 2012, over 60 Charter Members led by our Founding Grand Knight, Sir Knight Tom Kuchera, got together to form what is now Our Lady of Guadalupe Council #15590 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Doylestown, PA. Our initial Degree ceremony was performed one evening at the St. Juan Diego Chapel with the incredible support of our Pastor, Council Chaplain, and fellow 4th Degree Knight, Sir Knight, Reverend Monsignor Gentili.
On December 12, 2012 (12-12-12), which is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we were granted our Charter and recognized as an official Council by the Knights of Columbus Supreme HQ in New Haven, CT. Council# 15590 was assigned to us.
Our numbers now exceed 150 members and invite all practicing Catholic men over the age of 18 to come and join this fine “Band of Brothers” and become members of Council 15590 by contacting us today!
To learn more about the Knights of Columbus organization, visit http://www.kofc.org.
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Who we are now
We are a Catholic band of 150+ Brothers who instill the four founding principles of the order which are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. We do so, both in our parish and community, by participating in good deeds and living out our Catholic faith.
Our charitable activities encompass a variety of local, national and international projects. From charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, Food for Families, Coats for Kids, ARC (an advocate organization for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities), Adopt-a-Road Clean Up, and Flags Across America, our Brothers come together as a unified group to assist in these meaningful programs. Our Knights also assist in contributing to many parish and community charities from the use of the proceeds from our fundraising efforts (Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Rachel’s Vineyard, seminarian scholastic support through the RSVP program, OLG Youth Ministry, OLG Musical Groups, Food for Families to name a few).
Our Brothers can also be found assisting our parish throughout the year serving as members of the Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, Right to Life Ministry, Haiti Ministry, Deacons, Sacristans, Ushers, Crews setting up for parish events and cleaning the church grounds, etc.). As you can see, we are an active group which is serving our parish and community through our hard work and dedication towards meaningful and charitable acts. Come find out more about us and meet some of our Brothers at one of OLG’s Ministry Fairs or at one of our social events held throughout the year.
We now have over 150 registered Knights within the coucnil!
Our percentage of 4th Degree Knights is the highest in the Calvert Provence, which includes the Archbishop Wood Assembly.
OLG sent a record number of Knights to the 4th Degree Ceremonies in: 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016; exceeding any Council in our Archbishop Wood Assembly.
OLG #15590 developed a Doylestown Food Pantry Distribution Program nearly five years ago. We have expanded the distribution from 3 to 4 allocations per year in 2016. We now subsidize food pantry donations for: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and early Summer. Donations to the Pantry in the critical Summer months were non-existent. Our average annual budget for this worthy cause is about $2,700 with Council and individual contributions. Our worthy partner, Weis Markets, can be counted upon for an additional 20%.
Each year OLG ranks in the top 5 for the most charitable activity within the assembly.
In 2017, through our fundraising activities, we created a permanent memorial legacy for a main aisle pew that now proudly bears the name of the Knights of Columbus on an engraved plaque in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
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The Knights of Columbus offers men a place to lead their families and communities in faith and service and put their Faith into Action. Knights of Columbus members, parishes and families have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference.
Organized into Faith, Family, Community and Life categories, the Faith in Action program model empowers Knights to come together to share faith, celebrate fraternity with loved ones, and do what they do best — stand shoulder to shoulder in service to the community and to defend life at all stages and in every condition.
Since the inception of our Council in 2012 we have been involved in several featured charitable programs that reflect our core beliefs. They are:
Habitat For Humanity
Food For Families
RSVP (Refund Support Vocations Program)
Coats For Kids
Aside from these featured programs we have identified other programs that make a difference and are always open to new ideas. Some of these include:
March for Life
5th Sunday Knights Mass
Parish Ministry Fair
Martin Grasmeder Day of Recollection Retreat
Of course, fundraising is critical to allow us to do these events, and others that come up each year. Therefore we have activities like:
Dine and Donate Events
Trenton Thunder 50/50
COAL (“Chance of a Lifetime”)
Mothers Day Roses
Keep Christ in Christmas Sale
Christmas Poinsettia & Candle Sale