Patriotism can be defined as “love for, or devotion to, one’s country.” And when Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a group of men at his parish in 1881 to propose establishing a lay organization they chose Christopher Columbus as their patron. Recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America, it was a symbol that allegiance to their country did not conflict with allegiance to their faith. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

Recently The Knights of Columbus hosted a dinner where they presented the proceeds of their 2012 Tootsie Roll Drive to organizations that support the mentally challenged and people with intellectual disabilities. TSI would like to particularly thank Council #14544 for their generosity.


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