Knights of Columbus Council #13700 Portland, Oregon
Welcome to the Knights of Columbus Council #13700. By joining our council you will become part of the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world, which was founded by a handful of men at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Con., in 1882. You will be counted among the nearly two million members in a dozen countries on three continents.
Our common bond is our devotion to the Catholic faith and our brotherhood in Christ. We have joined together to help one another become better Catholics, better husbands, better fathers, better providers for the financial protection of our families and better citizens of the countries in which we live.
The Knights of Columbus is an organization fortified by its past, and driven by its goals for the future. It's through these five areas of service--faith, community, family, youth, and fellowship--that we truly make a difference.
FAITH - As Knights, our faith is our foundation. Dedicated to the Catholic Church's growth and her good works, we support religious outreach, promote vocations, and provide financial support for seminarians and postulates. This way, we help support our Church and strengthen our personal faith.
COMMUNITY -As committed as we are to the Catholic Church, so are we to our communities. By actively and financially supporting Special Olympics, by leading the charge in pro-life, or by safeguarding the environment, Knights of Columbus members all over the world have helped countless communities prosper.
FAMILY - As fathers and husbands, serving our families is not only part of what we do, it's part of who we are. To that end, Knights of Columbus councils offer programs that strengthen family and marital bonds by holding numerous family focused events, including the "Family of the Month" program that honors outstanding families. Most importantly, as Knights, we are able to provide assistance and support to Knights and their families whenever needed.
YOUTH - The importance of helping today's youth become tomorrow's leaders is also a huge focus of the Order. For that reason, many local councils sponsor Columbian Squire Circles, the Order's official youth organization for Catholic young men, ages 10-18, which provide them the unique opportunity to develop leadership skills. Additionally, through activities such as the Catholic Citizenship Essay contest, the Substance Abuse Poster contest, and the annual Free Throw Championship, the Knights of Columbus assists youth in building a strong sense of civic and religious responsibility.
FELLOWSHIP - To be a Knight means to believe in each other as we believe in ourselves; realizing that by creating strong, social, and supportive local councils, we help create a stronger Order worldwide and ensure an even stronger future.