Fr John Arens Council
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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.
ST. STEVENS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus were founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGiveney to support widows and orphans of Irish immigrants. The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.8 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 and Saipan and with over 14,000 in the state of Arizona. What do the Knights do? The Knights were 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 Knights work is based on the values of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Our charitable accomplishments thru 2014 include financial support of St Stevens' and local charities such as:
- Neighbors Who Care
- Maggies Place
- Life Choices
- Mothers in Need
- St Peter Mission School - Bapchule, AZ
In the past year, over $10,000 was donated to those organizations. Where does the money come from? From your support of Knights activities such as the Sunday breakfast, Annual Charity Raffle and casino excursions for which we are most grateful.
By working together as a council, and with the support of our Ladies Auxiliary, we leverage the concept of Unity by conducting the following activities:
- Semi-yearly Blood Drive
- Seminarian support
- Youth soccer and basketball contests.
- Sick and ill home visitation
The Knights also have an excellent insurance program providing income protection for younger families and investment opportunities for mature families.
As the parishes only men's organization, the Knights promote Fraternity through fellowship at monthly meetings in conjunction with our Ladies Auxiliary. We also host social events such as the October Landing Party, Christmas Party and Spring clergy appreciation dinner. Our fourth degree assembly supports parish and dioceses ceremonies in our Knights regalia.
Accomplishing these tasks requires time and talent - the harvest is plenty but the workers are few. We need a few more good men and ladies to help continue our work. I would like to reach out to our members who haven't been active participants to recommit by attending our next meeting.