The Joan of Arc Council of the the Knights of Columbus meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Montfort Hall, Infant Jesus R.C. Church, Port Jefferson, NY.
Knights of Columbus
Joan of Arc Council 1992
Port Jefferson, NY
Founded July, 1919
Formation of the Knights of Columbus
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Ct. 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 of Columbus" was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance was 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, ware 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.
Why become A Knight?
In today's world, many Catholic men are looking to fulfill their desire to spend meaningful time with their family, to serve their community and Church, and to grow in their faith. Joining the Knights of Columbus provides these men and their families with volunteer opportunities and activities that accomplish these goals. If you are such a man who is dedicated to making a difference, then membership in the Knights of Columbus is for you.
Additionally, the Knights of Columbus also offers a portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families.
Who Are the Knights
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place and to supporting their Church.
Knights share camaraderie with men who hold values similar to yours. Knights are involved with your community. They support your local Catholic Church and its causes, while deepening their faith. They believe in protecting and enhancing their family life.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic Lay Organization with more than 1.9 million members in more than 15,100 councils located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland, and several other countries.
Knights Serve Your World
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action. in 2014, we set new records in charitable giving for 16 the consecutive year. Our charitable contributions increased in 2014 by more than $3.4 million over the previous year to a record $173,550,680. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service, volunteering more than 71.5 million hours. The number of service hours contributed by members rose in 2014 by more than a million hours over the 2013 total, with each member donating nearly a full workweek on average.
Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families, Coats for Kids projects and other purely local charities. The opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless
We undertake these acts of charity because we see those in need through the eyes of faith. Moreover, in the Knights of Columbus, we approach these acts of charity together. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the "practice of love...as a community."
If you'd like to be a part of an international organization of more than 1.9 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need,we'd like to meet you and invite you to join us.
Joan of Arc Council 1992 Serves your neighborhood
Our core principles and Christian values of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism guide us in the tasks we undertake.
Example of Activities
Food drives for needy
Basketball Free Throw and Soccer programs
Donations to charitable organizations
Support Infant Jesus parish fund raising and social events such as the Parish Family Festival, Irish Night, Pancake Breakfast
Annual Golf OutingFraternity
Social events, monthly meetings, prayers for the sick, insurance and investment programs
Visit Veterans home, participate in various local patriotic events
Like any other worthwhile endeavor, you get out of it what you put into it, so we encourage participation in as many meetings and events as possible.
Each new Knight has a sponsor assigned to him. The sponsor will assist you in getting to know about the council and the Knights of Columbus. Ideally, the sponsor will be present at exemplification of your degrees.