The Knights of Columbus is founded by Father Michael J. McGivney on Feb. 6, 1882 with a mission of charity.
The fledgling Order grows dramatically at the beginning of the 20th century to serve communities beyond the United States.
During the Great War, Knights of Columbus Huts provide services under the motto "Everybody Welcome, Everything Free" - a philosophy upheld in today's charitable programs.
The Order spearheads anti-defamation work in the U.S. and takes a stands for religious freedom in Mexico.
The Great Depression leads to a renewed sense of volunteer service - and Knights across the nation step up.
Following the end of World War II, the Order turns its attention to the growing threats of communism and fascism, which threaten communities and religious freedoms.
In 1954, the words "under God" are added to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance completing an effort the Knights began three years earlier.
The Order embraces the challenge of authentic ecclesial reform, while remaining faithful to timeless truths and traditional values.
During John Paul II's pontificate, the Knights strengthens ties to the Church through increased support of the Vatican.
The Order builds upon its tradition of charitable work and spiritual formation.
Iraqi Christians are displaced by ISIS and take refuge. The Knights build a program to support displaced Christians in the Middle East including food and health care.
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