Fr. Pierre Charlevoix Council 7172 Knights of Columbus
Our Council was chartered in 1978 and has operated successfully by providing good works in the Parish and community, assisting less fortunate members of the Parish and providing support to St. Mary’s Parish and School.
The Council is housed within St. Mary’s Parish in order to maintain integration with the needs of the Parish-at-large and provide day-to-day contact with the needs of the Parish family.
In concert with the Knights overall direction of “Building the Domestic Church” which was recently initiated across the United States, the Council will be focused upon activities to promote evangelization, strengthening the Parish, and growing the Knights Order.
“Building the Domestic Church” focuses upon helping Knights and their families reflect on the holiness of the universal Church, and building a stronger identity with the sacramental and social life of the Parish.
Central to this initiative is for Councils to assist and support Parish Priests in their service to God and the Parish, and to provide leadership and guidance to the Youth of the Parish.
Our Council has always provided a strong commitment to the Charlevoix community and the national objective is to become more focused upon the Parish as a community in and of itself.
Monthly meetings are held in the St. Mary Parish Center on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
The Council asks members to assist and support the many volunteer activities required to meet the objectives of Councils in concert with “Building the Domestic Church”.
Interested practicing Catholic men are encouraged to learn more about the Knights and our Council . For additional information please see any Knight or contact the Grand Knight, Bill Gengle, at 231-620-1461.
The Knights of Columbus- How it all started:
Late 19th century Connecticut was marked by the growing prevalence of fraternal benefit societies, hostility toward Catholic immigrants and dangerous working conditions in factories that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a vital, practical need in his community, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29 year old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a group of men at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization, the goal of which would be to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies whose membership was antithetical to Church teaching, to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members.
As a symbol that allegiance to their country did not conflict with allegiance to their faith, the organization’s members took as their patron Christopher Columbus – recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America. Thanks to Father McGivney’s persistence, the Knights of Columbus elected officers in February 1882 and officially assumed corporate status on March 29.
In addition to the Order’s stated benefits, Catholic men were drawn to the Knights because of its emphasis on serving one’s Church, community and family with virtue. Writing in The Columbiad in 1898, a year before he was elected supreme knight, Edward L. Hearn wrote that a Knight should live according to the virtues of loyalty, charity, courtesy and modesty, as well as “self-denial and careful respect for the feeling of others.” Fraternity and patriotism were added to the Knight’s founding principles of charity and unity in 1885 and 1900, respectively.
We look forward to having you become part of the world’s largest Catholic men’s organization.