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On 5th October 1919, Patrick Joseph O'Callaghan, an Irish immigrant from Cork, gathered a meeting of 24 Catholic men at Central Hall, Bath Street, Glasgow and agreed to form a fraternal organisation. - The Knights of St Columba.
The founders, known as the Incorporators, modelled the Knights of St Columba on the Knights of Columbus in the United States founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882. The first initiation of members began on 11th November 1919, while the following year a concert was held on St Patrick's Day which strongly boosted the membership of the organisation into the hundreds.
As Knights we fundraise for both local and national charitable causes and help "to make the difference." We work alongside other Knights in Charity, Unity and Fraternity. We meet new people and establish new friendships which last a lifetime. We deliver help to others and find solace ourselves with activities which enhance our spiritual lives. We campaign for the Sanctity of Human Life, Social Justice, the Poor, the Third World and more. We are part of a greater voice working in Charity, Unity and Fraternity towards a greater good.



1919 1922
Patrick Joseph O'Callaghan

1922 1929
Edward Henry

1929 1933
William Bishop KSG

1933 1936
Thomas Davis

1936 1945
William Loughrey

1948 1948
William Loughrey

1948 1951
Laurie Arnold

Daniel Kelly

1952 1955
Thomas McMenemy

1955 1958
James Mitton MBE

1961 - 1964
Stuart Harper

1964 - 1967
William Austin

1967 - 1970
P. N. Scott

1970 - 1972
Michael May

1972 - 1975
Martin Cairns

1975 - 1978
Christopher Seneviratne

1978 - 1981
Anthony Rouse KC*SG KHS

1981 - 1984
Patrick Layden KC*SG KHS

1984 - 1987
Walter Downey

1987 - 1990
Francis Redmond KC*SG

1990 - 1993
Anthony Bateman KSG

1993 - 1996
Anthony Britten KC*SG KHS

1996 - 1999
Kenneth Hargreaves KC*SG

1999 - 2002
Anthony Britten KC*SG KHS

2002 - 2005
Anthony Doherty KSG

2005 - 2008
John Doran KSG

2008 - 2011
Jonjo McDonagh KSG

2011 - 2014
Ron Lynch KSG

2014 - 2017
Charlie McCluskey KSG

2017 - 2020
Bertie Grogan

Board of Directors 2019-2020

Supreme Knight
Bertie Grogan

Ecclesiastical Advisor
Most Rev. Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool

Immediate Past Supreme Knight
Charlie McCluskey KSG

Supreme Director for Action & Social
and Deputy Supreme Knight

Harry Welsh

Supreme Director for
Membership & Development
Brian Henry

Supreme Director for
Spirituality & Welfare
Sean Mulligan

Supreme Director for
Youth & Young People
Michael Akinrele

Supreme Director for
Sean Smith

Supreme Director
Recording Secretary

Stephen Ferris

Supreme Director
Jim Pugh

Supreme Director
Daineal o hEarchai

Supreme Director
Paul Laird

About Us

Founded in Glasgow Scotland in the year 1919, the Knights of Saint Columba is the largest Catholic fraternal service organisation of its kind in Britain.

The Order is named after the missionary Saint Columba of Ireland. The pious saint helped to bring Christianity to the people of Northern Britain.

Our membership cuts across people from different walks of life, who by dedication, share in the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

We have over 4,000 members in over 300 Councils across England, Scotland and Wales. Membership is limited to men who faithfully practise Catholicism and are aged 16 or over.

As a religious sodality, we support the doctrine as well as the missionary work of the Holy Catholic Church.

We foster the spiritual and material wellbeing of members and their families. Similarly, we encourage the development of young people in our local communities and abroad.

We are also part of the founding members of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights. (I.A.C.K.)

The Order is an organised body of Catholic men; a lay organisation giving its entire loyalty to the Holy See, to the Hierarchy and Clergy in all things appertaining to the Catholic Church.
Belonging to the Order strengthens our Catholicity by learning, understanding and spreading Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel values. Members work together with the Church with the full approval of the Hierarchies of England, Scotland and Wales.
Members of the Order are pledged to campaign for pro-life and other moral issues, working with other organisations that share our views and beliefs. Members are also committed to help and support young people to grow in the likeness of Christ as well as promoting vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and religious life.
The Order is a fraternal and charitable organisation, ensured by its members carrying out benevolent works in our parishes, dioceses and overseas, especially in the developing world.

The Order aims to be a family organisation that promotes the family and its values, and fully appreciates the help and support of our ladies, families and friends who support us in the work carried out in the name of the Knights of St Columba.
Members of the Order aim to achieve these objectives through practising the fundamental values of: Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

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