About the 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 over 15,000 councils and almost 2 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, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

About St. Patrick's Council #11745

St. Patrick's Council was founded on March 27, 1996.

St. Patrick's Council #11745 Officers

Rev. Scott Medlock


Richard Gain


Tom Hildebrand




John Ostrom

Trustee (1st Yr.)

Richard Gamble

Grand Knight

George Neuerburg

Financial Secretary



Marc Balnius

Trustee (3rd Yr.)

Glenn St. Romain

Inside Guard

John Fulton

Deputy Grand Knight

Tom Bruce




Rich Arsenault

Trustee (2nd Yr.)

Tony Garcia

Outside Guard

Become a Knight

Since 1882 Knights have been leaders in charity and Catholic fraternity. Becoming a Knight will change your life and the life of your family.