The Knights of Columbus was founded
Catholic men were, tragically, dying young leaving behind widows and orphans who could not support themselves. Father McGivney was convinced that there was a way to change the ending. He knew that if the Catholic men in his parish came together in mutual aid, widows and orphans could receive the support they needed. Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut.