On October 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29 year old parish priest, Father Michael McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

The Knights of Columbus was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellect- tual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious social welfare, war relief and public works.

The order has been called “The strong right arm of the church”, and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.

Today there are more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members’ worldwide.

Amherst Council 1619 in 2012 will celebrate a century of service and fellowship for the Catholic communities of Amherst and Hadley. We invite all Catholic men to join with us in our recently completed, easy access building at 45 Boltwood Walk adjacent to the Amherst Parking garage. Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month with the fourth Monday being a dinner meeting detailed on the monthly dinners page.