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The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic mens' fraternal organization, consisting of 1.7 million members throughout the world arranged in some 13,000 local councils. Founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney, the Order is committed to promoting the spiritual welfare of families and assisting families to obtain economic security and stability through its fraternal benefits programs which include life insurance, annuity, and long-term care programs.

The Knights of Columbus further supports the Church through volunteer and charitable activities, both locally and nationally. In 2007 alone, the Knights collectively provided $145 million in charitable contributions and 68 million hours of volunteer service. In particular, the Knights are dedicated to promoting and supporting vocations within the Church, engaging the culture in the defense of life and other public policy issues, supporting Catholic chaplaincies to colleges and the military, and teaching the faith by providing quality catechetical materials and support for broadcast and media initiatives of the Church.

The local Knights of Columbus Council #4175 is located at 2801 West Street in Springfield, and is the site of many community and social events.  During Lent and on other designated Fridays during the year, the council runs its award-winning Fish Fry, which provides funding for many of the charitable activities of the council.

p>For more information about joining the Knights of Columbus, please visit the national website, or contact the local membership coordinator.