Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus


Thanks 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, 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 14,000 councils and 1.8 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 Spain.

The Officers meet on the First Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM. The general meeting is on the Second Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM. The Fourth Degree meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM. All meetings are held in Bishop’s Hall.


Grand Knight Joseph Gnojek, DD-PGK_PFN Phone # 716-803-5584
Deputy Grand Knight Paul Foster
Chancellor Craig El'Hage, CCC Phone # 315-427-7283
Financial Secretary Matt Halstead Phone # 315-591-2622
Recorder Drew Spriggs
Treasurer Dave Fisher Phone # 315-374-2859
Assist. Treasurer Skip Dull
Advocate Mark Norton
Warden Bill Aiken
Inside Guard Mike Young
Outside Guard Jay El'Hage
Chaplain Fr. Joseph Scardella
Lecturer Cliff Horn
Trustee's Bill Marshall, PFN
Bill Teetsel, PGK
Ed Rauch, PGK