The Knights of Columbus Overview

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut.  Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus have become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.

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.  As recently as 1992, Mother Theresa of Calcutta praised the Knights in a speech on the occasion of her reception of the first Knights of Columbus Gaudium et Spes Award.

Thanks to the inspired work of Father McGivney, as well as that of millions of other Knights over the past century, the Knights of Columbus now stands at its pinnacle of membership, benefits and service.  Currently, there are over 1.6 million Knights of Columbus – more than ever before in our Order’s history.  Together with their families, the Knights are nearly 6 million strong.  From the first local council in New Haven, the order has grown to more than 12,000 councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Spain.  Each year the Order continues on strong.

Contact Phil Renico at 614-864-0223 or at should you have any questions or wish to join.

 History of the Knights of Columbus, Council 400

The Council was chartered on January 15, 1899 with 120 members present to sign the charter document.  Council 400 became the first council in Columbus and the sixth council in the state of Ohio.  Council 400 remained the only council in Columbus with membership totaling around 3,000 at one point between 1899 and 1944.  In October of 1944, the second council in Columbus was formed, Council 2898.

 The Order of the Council is Based on the Four Ideals of Columbianism: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism

Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism and Defense of the priesthood.  The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth.  It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family  It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true today.

 Council 400 Activities

The Council 400 meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. The Chapter meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st Thursdays of the month. All meetings are in the Cathedral undercroft. Check the calendar for any changes due to holiday or holyday.

  • Clergy and Knights’ Wives Appreciation Dinners
  • Measure Up Charities Capping for the Mentally Handicapped
  • Parish Pancake Breakfast
  • Annual Charities Raffle


 How to Join

Any practicing Catholic male age 18 and over can apply for membership in the Knights of Columbus.  Contact Phil Renico at 614-864-0223 or at

 National Website

Please visit the official home of the Knights of Columbus located at