The Knights of Columbus


On October 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut.  Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.


They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith. These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World.  Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation on March 29, 1882.


They were Knights of Columbus.


The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.


The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 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 Spain.


Knights of Columbus Council #13404 is located at the magnificent St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica here in London, Ontario and has over 100 members.  General meetings are held once a month, on the second Thursday, at 7:30 pm in St. Peter's Parish Centre in our Council Chambers.  The Grand Knight is Roger Khouri and Martin Healy is the Deputy Grand Knight. (Due to the restrictions of the pandemic at present, the time and place stated here may have changed. Please reach out to the KoC directly.)


For more information about the council, please contact Larry Barrett (Membership Director) at

Our council web address is


St. Peter's Knights of Columbus