A Brief History...

Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, the Knights of Columbus was officially chartered as a fraternal benefit society on March 29, 1882 by the Connecticut state legislature. It was named in honor of mariner Christopher Columbus and originally served as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics. Still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, the Knights of Columbus is the worlds largest fraternal service organization.

The first councils were all in the state of Connecticut but quickly spread throughout the United States in the years following their incorporation and have since grown to more than 15,000 councils and nearly 2 million members throughout the world. The Order has helped member families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed their time and talents worldwide to service in their communities.

Continuing to build upon its rich tradition, the Knights of Columbus are dedicated to providing charitable services, advocating for social justice, promoting Catholic education, and actively defending Catholicism throughout the world.

I encourage you to read more of the rich history of the Knights of Columbus by visiting the Supreme Knights of Columbus website at www.kofc.org.

St. Luke's Knights of Columbus Council #4979

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Council Officers

Grand Knight: Paul Ruhlman
Deputy Grand Knight: Jim Lempke
Financial Secretary: Al Faesser


Knights of Columbus Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Dinner begins at 6:30 PM with the meeting following at 7:00 PM

St. Luke's Catholic Church
417 East 3rd Street | Ogallala, NE 69153
(308) 284-3196 office | (308) 284-3599 fax