"When the Knights of Columbus were founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, the goal was the protection of Irish Catholic families that had no access to public services when they lost their breadwinner.
135 years later, the Knights of Columbus continue reaching out to those Catholic families that have traveled from afar and have found comfort in their home: the Catholic Church. Our outreach efforts are not limited to charitable works: we want to call them brothers.
We currently have five Spanish speaking councils in Iowa with over 300 members and are in the process of opening a new one in Ottumwa. Councils all over the state have Hispanic presence and are looking for more resources in Spanish to better serve their parishes and their families.
More recently we have successfully extended our arms to the refugee community, specifically with our Burmese brothers. We have members in Columbus Junction and recently, 12 new members joined Council 15336 in St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines. Most of these members have also benefited by the life insurance protection that the Order offers.
The dream of Father McGivney continues alive with the Catholic immigrants of the 21st Century. The protection of Catholic families and the development of lay leaders in our parishes, regardless of the language in which Mass is celebrated, is the legacy of our founder and the duty of every Knight of Columbus. We Share the Journey as Pope Francis has called us. We embrace them and call them brothers."