ABOUT OUR COUNCIL



Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus has grown into the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world with 1.9 million members.

Our council is located in the beautiful Green Mountain State of Vermont, where skiing is the sport of choice and maple sugaring is a way of life. Most visitors call Vermont "God's Country" and rightly so.

In the fall, our mountains are painted all shades of red, orange, and yellow that are the envy of artist and enjoyed by leaf-peepers from all over the globe.

The parish in which we make our home, St. John Vianney, has approximately 1100 familes. Member Brother Knights in our council live in several of the surrounding towns as well as South Burlington itself.

Although not the largest parish in the state, we have a reputation for being one of the most charitable. As all Knights know, charity is the watch-word of the Order. Our council gives to charities like Camp Ta Kum Ta & Special Olympics, provides scholarships to students and supports pro-life causes.

Contact:
Physical: 160 Hinesburg Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: 802 658 9293
Email: sbknights7525@gmail.com

Mailing: KOC Council #7525
PO Box 9214
South Burlington, VT 05407



Our Beginnings

The KOC was initiated by the efforts of Father Michael J, McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, CT and some of his parishoners in 1881.

In less than 6 months time, the Connecticut state legislature officially incorporated the KOC in the spring of 1882. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to the low-income immigrant Catholics, the KOC developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education, Catholic public policy positions, and actively defending Catholicism in various nations.

The Knights 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 familes. 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 has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

For their support for the Church and local communities, as well as for their philanthropic efforts, Pope John Paul II referred to the Order as a "strong right arm of the Church". In 2015 the Order gave over US$175 million directly to charity and performed over 73.5 million man-hours of voluntary service. Additionally, over 413,000 US pints of blood were donated in 2010 through the KOC.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the world. Over the years the Order has remined true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.
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