The Knights work in their Council, their parish, the community, and with youth. They raise money to support these efforts. They also help the mentally challenged through their annual Tootsie Roll Drive. Visit our website olhkoc.org.
Membership: practicing Catholic males 18+ years (see Squires).
Dues: $50.00 per annum
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.
As the Order has grown, its benevolence has multiplied. The Order continues to break all previous records for charitable contributions and volunteer service. In the past decade, the Knights donated nearly $1 billion to numerous charitable causes and nearly 400 million hours of volunteer service. In 1999 alone, the Knights donated nearly $109 million and 55 million volunteer hours to charitable causes.
Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today.
Our Lady of the Hills, Irmo Council 6892, conducts its regular business meeting the second Monday of each month, starting at 7:00pm. The business meeting is proceeded with a social half hour where food and friendship are enjoyed. The officers meeting is held on the first Monday of each month starting at 6:30 pm.
Our largest fund raiser of the year is our Tootsie Roll drive during one week end in September and October. This is where the Knights stand in front of a store and give away tootsie rolls hoping for a donation to help the mentally challenged. Each year our potation of this money is donated to Special Olympics and the Fairwall Pendagrass School.
All Catholic men are encouraged to become Knights. For more information please call our Grand Knight Gerry Couture at 760-8015 or our membership chair