Knights of Columbus

Connecticut Knights of Columbus Priest - Father Michael J. McGivney, to be Beatified

On October 31, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia will be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. 

McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Nearly a century before the Second Vatican Council, his prescient vision empowered the laity to serve Church and neighbor in a new way. Today, the Knights of Columbus is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world with 2 million members in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.  The Father John H. Stapleton Council is headquartered at St. Aloysius and welcomes all men of the parish to join them.  For more information, reach out to Grand Knight, William Osterndorf at

Father McGivney’s beatification Mass will be celebrated right here in the state of Connecticut at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hartford on Saturday, October 31 at 11 a.m. and will broadcast live by EWTN, Salt + Light TV and CatholicTV. You can visit for more information on his journey to sainthood and for the link to watch the Masses which will be celebrated that weekend. 

In March 29, 1882, the Connecticut state legislature officially chartered the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal benefit society founded by Father Michael J. McGivney with a group of parishioners in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. Still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity 125 years later, the Knights of Columbus has grown to the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with more than 1.7 million members.

Throughout its history, the Knights of Columbus has been an effective advocate and defender of civil and religious rights for all. The organization has also contributed billions of dollars and millions of hours of volunteer service to charity.

Council #2287 was founded through the efforts of the men of St. Aloysius in 1921 and is named after Father John H. Stapleton. Our council works closely with the members of the parish as well as the surrounding areas. We also provide funds for various projects in the church, local community as well as larger charitable endeavors. Our regular meetings for members are held on the 1st Monday of every month  at 8pm from September to June.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. The current Grand Knight is William Osterndorf. Email us for more information.

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Father John H. Stapleton Council #2287

The 2020 Kevin Johnson Memorial
College Scholarship Winners

Caitlin Bradley
Kevin Johnson

Father John H. Stapleton 2020
Council College Scholarship Winners

Fiona Stevens
John Casey
Claire Brunner
Paula Graham
Ryan McAleer
Conor Mastey
Luke McPhillips
Nicholas Valdes
Charlotte Keane
Sofia Delicata
Mia Fedeli
Dean Ciancio
Zachary Boland

Father John H. Stapleton Council #2287
Knights of Columbus

New Canaan, CT 06840