IT STARTED WITH A MAN, A SHIP AND A DREAM
Christopher Columbus, the son of an impoverished wool weaver from Genoa, Italy, made his dream a reality In 1492 when he set sail to discover new worlds, one that was to become America.
From this man, and the innovation of Father Michael J. McGivney, founded what we call the Knights of Columbus
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 principals of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
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 Knights of Columbus Council has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin islands, Cuba Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
The Salem Veragua Knights of Columbus is the #76 Council. In 1502 at the age of 51, Christopher Columbus sailed down the coast of Central A merica, stopping at various places, he arrived at an area called Veragua on October 17th 1502, Veragua is located in what is now the Republic of Panama, not to far from what is now the Panama Canal. In 1506 his grandson was granted the domain of Veragua, an area of 25 square leagues and was given the title of Duke of Veragua; a title his descendants bear to this day .
Grand Knight John Mizioch