Father Crowley Council #5817

PO Box 492
Wading River, NY 11792

email: kofc5817@gmail.com


Legacy of the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization. This theme permeates the entire Service Program: all Church, community, council, family, culture of life, and youth activities

On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.  They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith. Thus the founding principles of Unity, Fraternity, Charity and Patriotism

These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.

The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.

From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus.



We are men of faith and men of action.  Last year alone, in addition to raising and donating more than $154 million to charitable needs and projects, Knights volunteered more than 70 million hours of their time to charitable causes. We undertake these acts of charity because we see those in need through the eyes of faith. Moreover, in the Knights of Columbus, we approach these acts of charity together. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the “practice of love...as a community.”

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other purely local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.

On a local level, the K of C Father Crowley Council supports the local Shoreham-Wading River community through hours of volunteer work and fundrasing efforts.  The council has established and / or supports several scholarship funds honoring our local heroes, such as the Lt. Michael O'Shea Service Award and the Sgt. Johnathan Keller Memorial Scholarship.  Additionally, the council supports the St. John the Baptist Church Community, the Community Outreach Program and other worthwhile causes.

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