Knights of Columbus Council 6625 and Assembly 1758
About Us: 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. On September 29, 1974, the Knights organized a group of Catholic men in Maryville, Illinois and chartered the Joseph C. Zajicek Council 6625. Today, Council 6625 has approximately 150 members, mostly parishioners of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
The Order is true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Each founding principal is a lesson taught to knight members in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees. All members become 1st degree knights when they join.
One last principal, patriotism, was introduced in 1900. Exemplification of this degree is accomplished by 4th degree members in groups called "assemblies". Locally, these members meet as part of the Father Henry J. Schwener Assembly 1758.
Today the Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 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. Its charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international project. Click Here To Read Our Latest Newsletter
Join Us: Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are "practical" (practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. Our Order understands "practical Catholic" to mean a Catholic who accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church. By joining the Knights of Columbus, you receive a range of benefits to support your Catholic life.
Lead With Faith: Deepen your faith with access to spiritual resources to help you become a better Catholic man.
Serve Others: Make an impact as you become part of our unmatched charitable outreach, helping those who need it most both locally and internationally.
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Defend Your Values: Join your voice with our 1.9 million members to defend the faith and the truth as you support local, national, and international issues that are important to you.
Schedule of Regular Monthly Meetings: The Knights of Columbus meet in the Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Parish Hall at 200 North Lange, Maryville, IL 62062. Council 6625 meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 PM. Assembly 1758 meetings are on 2nd Mondays following the Council meeting.
Contact Info: There are several ways to get things started to join the Knights. You can contact a member of the Order and inquire about joining. If you don't know a member, check the church bulletin under "Commissions" to find the current Knights of Columbus contact or contact our Mother of Perpetual Help's pastor.