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T H E   O R D E R   O F   T H E   K N I G H T S   O F   S T   C O L U M B A
Serve God by Serving Others

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.
CHRONOLOGY OF SUPREME KNIGHTS
1919–1922  
Patrick Joseph O'Callaghan
  1961–1964  
Stuart Harper
  ​1990–1993  
Anthony Bateman KSG
         
1922–1929  
Edward Henry
  1964–1967  
William Austin
  1993–1996  
Anthony Britten KC*SG, KC*HS
         
1929–1933  
William Bishop KSG
  1967–1970  
P. N. Scott
  1996–1999  
Kenneth Hargreaves KC*SG
         
1933–1936  
Thomas Davis
  1970–1972  
Michael May
  1999–2002  
Anthony Britten KC*SG KC*HS
         
1936–1945 
William Loughrey
  1972–1975  
Martin Cairns
  2002–2005  
Anthony Doherty KSG
         
1945–1948  
Thomas Leyland
  1975–1978  
Christopher Seneviratne
  2005–2008  
John Doran KSG
         
1948–1951  
Laurie Arnold
  1978–1981  
Anthony Rouse KC*SG KHS
  2008–2011  
Jonjo McDonagh KSG
         
1951–1952  
Daniel Kelly
  1981–1984  
Patrick Layden KC*SG KHS
  2011–2014  
Ron Lynch KSG
         
1952–1955  
Thomas McMenemy
  1984–1987  
Walter Downey
  2014–2017  
Charlie McCluskey KSG
         
1955–1958  
James Mitton MBE
  1987–1990  
Francis Redmond KC*SG
  2017–2020
Bertie M. Grogan
         
1958–1961  
Francis Mildner
       
Board of Directors 2019-2020  
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Supreme Knight 
Bertie M. Grogan 
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Ecclesiastical Advisor 
Most Rev. Malcolm McMahon OP 
Archbishop of Liverpool 
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Immediate Past Supreme Knight 
Charlie McCluskey KSG 
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Supreme Director for Action & Social 
and Deputy Supreme Knight 

Harry Welsh 
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Supreme Director for  
Membership & Development
 
Brian Henry 
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Supreme Director for 
Spirituality & Welfare
 
Sean Mulligan 
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Supreme Director for 
Youth 

Michael Akinrele 
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Supreme Director for 
Media 

Sean Smith 
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Director 
Daineal O hEarchai 
 
Director 
Paul Laird 
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Director 

Jim Pugh 
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Director & Recording Secretary 
Stephen Ferris
About us 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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Members of the Order aim to achieve these objectives through practising the fundamental values of: Charity, Unity and Fraternity.