130th Supreme Convention

AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - CATHOLIC IDENTITY

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Venerable Servant of God Michael J. McGivney, a Catholic priest, at Saint Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut; and

WHEREAS, it was Father McGivney’s intention to establish a society of practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See for the purpose of providing financial assistance to members and their families, and building an organizational structure within which members and their families could grow in faith and virtue, consistent with the teachings, practices, and values of the Catholic Church; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus is a Connecticut non-stock corporation, having received its corporate charter from the General Assembly of Connecticut on March 29, 1882; and

WHEREAS, over the course of the past 131 years, and consistent with Father McGivney’s original intention, the Knights of Columbus has developed into an international Catholic family organization dedicated to supporting the Catholic Church, performing charitable works, and helping members and their families deepen their spiritual lives through worship, community service, public witness, and fellowship; and

WHEREAS, through its organizational structure, corporate governance, rites of initiation, official practices, charitable programs, community service, convocations, and publications, the Knights of Columbus has deliberately established its identity and mission to conform to the teachings, practices, and values of the Catholic Church; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus desires that its corporate charter more fully reflect its Catholic identity and evangelical mission,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that upon recommendation of the Supreme Board of Directors, Section 2 of the Charter of the Knights of Columbus be amended, pursuant to the laws of the State of Connecticut, as follows:

SEC. 2.  The purposes for which said corporation is formed, always consistent with Catholic values and doctrine, are the following:

(a) through a system of subordinate councils, along with regional, national, and international convocations, to raise up, support and encourage a fraternity whose members are practical Catholics united by their faith and by the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism;

(b) through common worship, charitable works, meetings, and rites of initiation, to form its members in Catholic faith and virtue;

(c) to render pecuniary aid to its members, their families, and beneficiaries of members and their families;

(d) to render mutual aid and assistance to its sick, disabled, and needy members and their families;

(e) to promote social and intellectual interaction among its members and their families;

(f) to promote and conduct educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, public relief,  and other activities; and

(g) to unite members in their Catholic identity and the practice of their Catholic faith.  To more effectively carry out its purposes, said corporation may establish, accumulate, and maintain a reserve fund or other funds in such manner and in such amounts as it may determine.