Knights of Columbus

Role Of The Knights Of Columbus

From the dreams and visions of the inspired founders of the Brothers of Holy Cross and the Knights of Columbus stemmed the formation of Boysville, now known as Holy Cross Children’s Services.

The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890) was an Irish-American Roman Catholic priest and founder of the Knights of Columbus, now the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. While McGivney originally established the Knights of Columbus to provide insurance to care for widows and orphans, the organization today fights for many causes and is dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Knights of Columbus still partners with Holy Cross Children’s Services and its members volunteer countless hours to ensure the well-being of all children.

Along with its early and crucial support in opening Boysville, the Knights of Columbus could and did do more. At the invitation of the bishops, the State Council officers voted to make all Michigan Knights “foster fathers” of Boysville boys. Specifically, the Knights undertook to underwrite operating expenses of the school.

The Knights of Columbus founded Boysville, now known as Holy Cross Children’s Services, and HCCS is the Knights’ principal charitable responsibility still to this day.

The Knights contribute to and benefit HCCS significantly through such projects as:

  • Volunteering
  • Annual Calendar Fundraiser
  • Hosting HCCS children at various sporting events

“It is better to build a boy than mend a man.”
~ Fr. Michael J. McGivney


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