The Knights of Columbus
is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. It is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. Membership is
limited to "practical Catholic" men aged 18 or older. The Knights
of Columbus was established by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven on March
29, 1882. The Order's founding principles are charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights render financial aid and assistance is offered
to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability
through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service
in their parishes and local communities.
Council 12311 is a "parish"
council, established in June 1996 at St. Joseph Parish in Nashua NH. Our pastor, Auxiliary Bishop Francis Christian is our Council's Chaplain.
Meetings: The Council holds regular monthly meetings
at the church located at 777 W. Hollis St, Nashua NH on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.
December 2013 Pancake Breakfast
Service and Activism.
Knights of Columbus do not participate in Partisan Politics. However, Knights are encouraged to be active on
politicsl issues important to the Catholic Church. We help in "Get Out the Vote" initiatives at the Parish as part
of our service to Community, help in organizing Red Cross Blood Drives, and Pro-Life activities including financial assistance
to local women's shelters such as Marguerite's Place, Care Net Pregnancy Center and charities such as NH Catholic Charities... Our fund raising activities support our scholarship programs, support for
seminarians and assistance to the Parish, such as our donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the training
for its use.
Knights of Columbus Council # 12311 awards $500 scholarships to two graduating High School student
of a parish family annually. To qualify for eligibility graduating student
Must be a member of a registered parish family of St Joseph’s
Attending a college or university for the next academic year as a freshman.
Applications are available at the parish office
or by contacting Scholarship Chairman Lou DiGregorio at 603 889 6337or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All decisions are made by the K of C review committee and are final.
Council Officers. Officers are elected every June for the Fraternal Year July 1-June 30.
Officers for Fraternal Year 2016 - 2017
Grand Knight: Tom Moran
Financial Secretary: John D. Puliafico
Deputy Grand Knight: Kevin Scully
Chancellor: Paul Rioux
Douglas T. Heffernan
Treasurer: James Pugliano
Advocate: Richard P. McDermott
Inside Guard: Roland
Outside Guard: Frank Stoddard
3 yr. trustee: Jean-Louis Riendeau
2 yr. trustee: Raymond L. Pineau
1 yr. trustee: James Barrows
Lecturer: Dr. David K. Murotake
Pro Life Activism
Knights of Columbus often get involved in Pro-Life
activities, one of six major areas of our service to Church, Family and Community. Knights raise money to help women's centers
like Care Net and Marguerite's Place, and take part in prayer groups, marches and non-partisan political activism to help
protect and preserve Life from conception to natural death.
The Knights are a patriotic Order. The Fourth Degree adds Patriotism to the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. The
Evangelization of Life, including promotion of Social Justice, are important to the Order.