The Knights of Columbus was founded by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney on March 29th, 1882, in New Haven, CT. Venerable Father McGivney was an Associate Pastor of St. Mary's Church at this time, and noted a need for a Fraternal Benefit Society that would render Financial Aid to its members and their families. Working conditions were deplorable in this age, especially for Catholics and immigrants, who faced persecution. The founding principles have remained the same - Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.
Thousand Islands Council # 350 in Clayton received its charter on June 12, 1898. We currently serve the Parishes of St. Cyril's of Alexandria in Alexandria Bay, St. Francis Xavier in Redwood, St. John the Evangelist in LaFargeville, and St. Mary's in Clayton, and their communities. In addition to serving our Churches and Pastors as needed, and our local communities, we participate in various programs. These include Food for Families, Scholarships to local High School Seniors, the Adopt-a-Highway Program, Altar Servers Day Trip to Enchanted Forest, and the Pennies from Heaven Program, were we have raised over $110,000.00 which has been distributed to aid our Seminarians and Novices with their expenses.
More information can be found at www.kofc.org.