Since the founding of the Order in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT, the Knights of Columbus has been committed to bettering the lives of council members and their families, supporting local communities and people in need, and contributing to worldwide outreach and aid programs.
Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism are the four core principles that guide the Knights of Columbus. Charity: A characteristic of the Knights of Columbus is a compulsion to help those in need. Councils strive to provide for both local charities and national organizations working for betterment of life worldwide. Unity: The Brothers of the Knights of Columbus stand together at all times, regardless of personal differences, because more can be accomplished when all work toward one goal of good. Fraternity: The good-will attitude that is central to the Knights of Columbus extends beyond members to include their families. Special K of C programs are specifically designed to support families of members. Patriotism: Brothers stand as symbols of both their Catholic faith and their country. Regardless of race or native origin, love and support of country is an integral principle of the Knights of Columbus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of our family. Enlighten our hearts and minds that we may live more fully this vocation to love. In our daily life and work, may we reflect the self-giving love which you, O Father, eternally show with your Son and the Holy Spirit. Let your love be evident in the peace that reigns in our home and in the faith we profess and live. May our family always be a place of generosity, understanding, forgiveness, and joy. Kindly give us the wisdom and courage to be witnesses to your eternal design for the family; and grant that the Holy Family of Nazareth may always guide our path to holiness as a family. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain.
Charity is one of the four guiding principles of the Knights of Columbus, and Council #10307 supports local charities and organizations doing good for area communities. Support comes in many forms, ranging from donations of funds or food to the volunteering of time and energy. Local charities and organizations supported by Council #10307 each year include:
Grand Knight Danny Desrosiers, Deputy Grand Knight Richard Manzi, Financial Secretary Chuck Alvino, Treasurer Tony Fitzherbert, Recorder John Boyle, Chancellor Davis Uricson, Advocate Omer Ahearn, Warden John Shepard, Inside Guard Norman Rainville, Outside Guard Edward Abbott , Chaplain Rev. Leo Leblanc, Trustee Gerald DuBreuil, Trustee Frank Boule, Trustee Bill Alby
I have been a member of Holy Trinity Parish at St. Matthew Church for over 25 years. I’m a Retired Marine and I practice law in Plymouth. Back in the early 90’s, our Pastor wanted to start a Council of the Knights of Columbus in Plymouth . . . and so we did! Looking back, becoming a Knight was one of the best decisions I ever made! It has reinforced my Catholic Faith, given me an opportunity to give back through countless charitable projects, and introduced me to a lot of fellow Knights, many of whom have become my closest friends. Our Council is made up doctors, lawyers, bankers, electricians, landscapers, furniture salesman, teachers, a postal worker, retirees from all walks of life, and many veterans. While our backgrounds are diverse, our purpose is not. We aim to practice the Faith by serving and helping others (and I might add, we sure have a lot of fun doing it). I am both proud and privileged to be a Knight of Columbus in Council 10307 in Plymouth.
I joined the Knights of Columbus Council 10307 in 1997 and became 4th Degree in May of 1998. I served as Grand Knight from 2003-2005, earning the Star Council Award, a recognition of outstanding achievement as a council, both years. Individual achievements include Knight of the Year Award (1999-2001), Grand Knight Award for outstanding leadership (2003-2005), the George Robertie Mentor Award (2008), and the honor of being invested into The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem by his Eminence Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap KGCHS, Archbishop of Boston at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester, NH. I currently serve as a Minister of the Eucharist at St. Matthew Church and am an original member of the Second Degree Team for District 13.
Prior to knowing about the Knights of Columbus and joining the family at St. Matthew Church, I had been heavily involved with another Church organization within my parish. In the several years before joining Council 10307, I had been looking to replace those involvements. The Order of Knights provided me a very special means of doing so then and continues to do so still. I have now been a member of Council 10307 for about four years. Since my recent retirement from medical practice, I have enjoyed increased opportunity to give of myself on behalf of Christ. I have found the shared labor, support, and companionship of my Brother Knights to be enjoyable, rewarding, and inspiring. These men are as fine an assembly as I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I feel grateful to be able to serve alongside them and I hope to pass along good fortune to other men desiring to serve Christ in unity and charitable fraternity with the purposeful, dedicated and accomplished Christian gentlemen of the Plymouth Council of the Knights of Columbus here at St. Matthew Church.