Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.

The Knights of Columbus 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 families. The 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 contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,900 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.

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national, and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission, and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.

All told, we gave more than $187 million to charitable causes in 2019. In volunteer time, we contributed more than 77 million hours in service.

With each hour in 2019 valued by independent research at $27.20, our volunteer work is worth more than $2 billion. This brings the total value of our charitable contributions over the past year to more than $2.2 billion.

Saskatchewan State Mission Statement

The Knights of Columbus of Saskatchewan, in the name of Jesus Christ and through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, strive to build the Catholic Church by developing the spiritual growth of themselves and their families, serving parishes, building communities, and by evangelizing all people according to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. 

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal Service Organization that includes charitable service and financial aid to our communities, parishes, families and members.

State Deputy's Message


Joseph Riffel
Joseph Riffel
Each month, State Deputy Joseph Riffel has an encouraging message in the Saskatchewan Knightline, a monthly newsletter for Knights of Columbus members and their families. Read the messages here.


State Chaplain's Message


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Bishop Bryan Bayda CSsR

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Father Ed Gibney

Each month, Associate State Chaplain Bishop Bryan Bayda CSsR or State Chaplain Father Ed Gibney shares an inspirational message for knights and their families. Read the messages here.

State Program Director's Message


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Eugene Achtemichuk

Each month, State Program Director Eugene Achtemichuk has a message about getting active and recording all the activities in the Saskatchewan Knightline, a monthly newsletter for Knights of Columbus members and their families. Read the message here.

Knights of Columbus Agency


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Mark Lewans

Mark Lewans, our General Agent for Saskatchewan shares an important message about keeping your insurance paid up. Read his monthly message here.

Cultural Diversity


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Marte Clemente Nogot

Each month, Cultural Diversity Chairman Marte Clemente Nogot shares an inspirational message on how we can become better Knights by embracing Cultural Diversity. Read his monthly message here.

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