On March 17, 1912 Knights of Columbus Council 1614 was organized.
Grand Knight: John Muraca
Knights of Columbus
Council 1614 Kamloops BC
The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in New Haven Connecticut. Fr. McGivney’s vision was to have an organization of Catholic men who would band together:
- to aid one another in times of sickness or death, by means of a simple insurance plan so that their wives or children would not face abject poverty.
- to strengthen themselves and each other in the Faith.
- to strengthen families and family life.
- to be a strong pillar of support for their priests and bishops.
- to be of service to Church and community by coming to the aid of those most in need in society.
The four principles of the Knights are; Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.
What does the Order stand for today? The Knights of Columbus is very much a grassroots organization. The international body does not dictate the charitable programs and activities of local councils. Rather, local councils develop the programs they believe will best serve the needs of their communities.
Those needs are met under the umbrella of the “Surge with Service” program. It has five core areas: Church, community, council, family and youth. Within this framework state and local councils decide how best to direct their efforts.
Kamloops Council 1614, of Sacred Heart Cathedral, was the originating Knights of Columbus council in Kamloops, and was formed in 1912. Our council is very active in the Church, in the community, in support of our Catholic schools, and the families and youth of our parish.
We encourage all Catholic men to join and walk beside us, as we continue the legacy of Fr. Michael J. McGivney.