History

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. 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 communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless. In 2016, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 18th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from $175 million in 2015 to a new total of $177,500,673 in 2016. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2016, volunteering more than 75 million hours of service.

Membership Requirements

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See.

A practical Catholic accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order’s core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

In the Knights of Columbus, a man has to be a member before he may avail himself of the insurance benefit. Purchasing insurance is optional, however; the life insurance and long-term care insurance products offered by the Order are not only competitively priced, but they are also among the most solid and highly rated products available anywhere. Standard & Poor’s and A.M. Best, the leading independent agencies that rate insurance companies, give K of C insurance their highest ratings.

Council Information

Saint Anne's Council 7210 is located at Saint Anne Catholic Catholic Church in Ruskin, FL. Our Councils address is PO Box 454, Ruskin, FL 33575. You can contact our Council by speaking to our Grand Knight whose contact information is on the Officers page.

Council Meetings

The Council Officers Meeting is on the 1st Tuesday of the Month at 6:00 PM followed by the Business meeting at 7:00 PM in the Saint Anne Catholic Church Faith Formation Center Rooms 10 & 11 on 106 11th Ave NE, Ruskin, FL 33570.  If a holiday falls on the meeting date, the meeting is usually scheduled for the next Tuesday.

About our Council 

Saint Anne's Council 7210 works closely with Saint Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin, FL., providing funds for religious vocations, foreign missions, crisis pregnancy centers, hurricane assistance, emergency depots to name a few. Our members are participants as ushers, lecturers, eucharistic ministers, catechists, altar servers, choir members, etc. Since it began this council has been very active and work closely with our Parish Pastor. We have been involved with holiday and community dinners, and help with maintenance around our church grounds. Most of all to help one another when called upon to do so.