Fr. Maurice J. Wolfe Council 11372
Our council is a recognized 501(c)(8) fraternal charitable organization that focuses on supporting family, church and the community through faith based action. Chartered on May 4th, 1994, Father Maurice J. Wolfe Council 11372 meets the first three Mondays of the month at 7:30 PM at Knights Hall on the grounds of St. Francis de Sales parish.
Our organization is based on the four core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
- Charity: We annually donate $30,000-$35,000 to various charities in the area.
- Unity: We rally together under the banner of Christ in all things we do. We take our responsibilities seriously, but also recognize that our organization is made up entirely of volunteers.
- Fraternity: As a group of volunteers, we do a lot for people in need but we make sure to have fun ourselves. We make sure to get together throughout the year and celebrate together as brothers.
- Patriotism: The 4th degree of our order is founded directly around patriotism in the community.
In addition to the four pillars of our organization, we have four program areas in which we focus our efforts: Faith, Community, Family, and Life. For more information on those program areas, check out our program page.
Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.
Our council participates with both the church and the community through the following areas: Church Activities, Youth Activities, Family Activities, Community Service and Council Activities. There's almost always something going on and we encourage all members both old and new to participate.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Larry Shannahan at 443-928-9393, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.
The Ladies Auxiliary's main function is to SUPPORT the men and the council. They do this primarily by providing help at events, cooking for events and providing monetary help. They also generally do help with setting up and beautifying the hall for events.
Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.
The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society that 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.
For information about membership, contact the membership director (Larry Shannahan) by phone at (443) 928-9393 or via email at email@example.com. Any other inquiries may be sent via our contact form.