ABOUT THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGivney, Assistant Pastor of St. Mary’s Church, in New Haven CT. His purpose was to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith, promote closer ties of fraternity and establish a system whereby members and their families could be sustained in time of need. Today, the Knights of Columbus has blossomed into an international society of more than 1.8 million men, raising more than $175 Million annually and contributing more than 73 million hours of parish, charitable and community service.
ABOUT DARDENNE COUNCIL 2273
Established in 1921, the Dardenne Knights formed in answer to the call from the Immaculate Conception Parish pastor to build an elementary school. Raising funds, 2273 led the way to create a parochial education opportunity at ICD. Today, with more than 400 members, Council 2273 practices those same degrees of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism through its fundraising efforts and volunteer service throughout the Dardenne Prairie community. Our most recent year generated more than 11,500 hours of volunteer services and nearly $30,000 in gifts.
Membership is open to any practical Catholic male over the age of 18. There are no other requirements for consideration to become a member. Members are eligible to purchase K of C Insurance products.
WHAT WE DO
Throughout the year, we raise money for charitable causes. We also conduct road clean up weeks, run blood drives, work at the ICD Picnic and Fall Festival, assist the St. Vincent DePaul Society, support youth programs and the ICD School, fund vocation events, award parochial high school scholarships, support seminarians, visit the sick, assist veterans, pro-life events and more.
Additionally, Dardenne Knights conduct a number of social events for members and families with special celebrations for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day.
SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED BY COUNCIL 2273
Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Parish
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
Special Olympics Missouri
Seminary in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis
Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis
Tree House of Greater St. Louis
St. Louis Life
Thrive St. Louis
Birthright St. Charles