The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal Catholic lay organization founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney, in March 1881. The Knights of Columbus’ principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism serve as the basis of the Order’s core values, which are Integrity, Professionalism, Excellence and Respect. The Knights are a men’s organization with more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 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, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea. St. Alfred is proud to be affiliated with the All Saints Council, which is located on Brest Road approximately two (2) miles from the church.
The Knights also have a youth program, the Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 25,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 1,500 circles worldwide. Circles exist, or have existed, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad. The Columbian Squires program strives to provide “the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities”.
Our Knight’s council also has an affiliated Squires circle. The Knights not only help our parish in innumerable ways but also perform many charitable works of mercy throughout the local area. Fr. Altermatt is proud to be a member of both the (3rd) third and (4th) fourth degree councils and their chaplain as well.