On Oct. 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith. These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882. They were Knights of Columbus.

Formed in 1954, the St. Jude Council of the Knights of Columbus has been serving the South Toledo area for 50 years. We want to welcome all Catholic gentlemen to join our order to help us continue our history of service.

While we encourage all Catholic men to join our order, we would like to extend a special welcome to those who are former Knights, whether from our council or elsewhere.