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A Brief History of The Knights of St Columba

The Knights of St Columba is a Catholic fraternal service organisation. Founded in Glasgow in 1919, it is named in honour of Saint Columba,
a Christian missionary from Ireland who helped to introduce Christianity to some of the people in the north of Britain. The organisation describes itself as being dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
There are more than 4,300 members of the KSC, in over 240 councils across Great Britain — it features in England, Scotland and Wales.



Membership is limited to Catholic men aged 16 and over, and promotes the social doctrine of the Catholic ChurchThe organisation is non-political and essentially democratic, does not admit women, and exists to support the mission of the Catholic Church. The KSC organisation is a member of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights. Founder of the Knights and first Supreme Knight was P J O'Callaghan.

Admission ceremonies usually take place in a Catholic church during the celebration of Mass.

The group organises annual pilgrimages to Aylesford Priory and Carfin Grotto.

At local level, members belong to a Council or Charter Council, led by the Grand Knight.
The Charter Councils in an area (often corresponding to a Catholic Diocese) come together to form a Province, under the Provincial Grand Knight. Representatives of the Provinces meet at least once annually at the Supreme Council which governs the Order. The Supreme Knight presides over the Supreme Council.


Should you wish to become a member please use the link below.

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