Welcome to Marlborough council #81
Who are the Knights of Columbus?
are the largest Catholic service organization in the world.
Our members and their families provide volunteer
service to the Catholic Church, our communities, families and
Order was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. The
Connecticut legislature officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as
a fraternal benefit society on March 29, 1882. Since then, it has grown
to over 1.9 million members in over 15,000 local councils in
the United States and around the world. There are now councils in
Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland,
the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin
Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South
its growth, our Order remains true to Fr. McGivney's original
three simple founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
Marlborough Council # 81 serves two parishes, St. Matthias and Immaculate Conception, in the city of Marlborough,
Massachusetts. Our Grand Knight for the 2018 fraternal year
is Rafael D. Johnson. You can contact the council by email at email@example.com.
meet on the second Tuesday of each month from September through
June at the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough,
MA 01752 in the lower church hall.
About our Council
#81 was formed in September of 1893. We are proud to be
among the first 100 councils formed in the United
States. Our first meeting was held at the Windsor House
where the charter members took their first, second and third degrees.
The original slate of officers included John Dalton, Grand
Knight; W.E. Doyle, Deputy Grand Knight; D.F. Callahan, Recorder; T.J.
Harris, Financial Secretary; William McNally, Treasurer; J.P. Carroll,
Chancellor; P.B. Murphy, Lecturer; J.E. Bradley, Warden; J.J.
Shaughnessy, Advocate; T.H. Brown, Inside Guard; and J.B. LaRiviere,
the years, our council has unceasingly rendered countless hours of
charitable service to our parishes and communities.
What we do
Knights regularly provide manpower to support several on-going
charitable initiatives each year. For over 25 years, our members
have teamed up with two neighboring councils to shop
for Christmas presents and a host a Christmas party for patients
in a locked adolescent psychiartic hospital. We return again
each summer to host a cookout and picnic inside the walls and
barbed wire. Each month, our members visit the V.A. hospital
in Bedford, Mass. to escort disabled veterans in wheel chairs to the
chapel for Mass. We return later in the month to wheel our same
friends around the grounds and join them praying the rosary.
also raise funds and provide financial support to local organizations
which provide outstanding service to our community such as youth sports
programs. And we are especially proud to support Catholic programs
such as a college campus mission and support our local seminarians.
mainly, we enjoy rolling up our sleeves and pitching in when there is
work to be done to help those in need. Each
month such a call comes in for help, and we respond. In
recent months, our Knights moved furniture to make room for
handicapped accessibility in the home of an injured neighbor;
we partnered with another local charitable organization to
move a distressed family into new housing; and we moved used
furniture for a homeless military family.
how to join
Our membership consists of Catholic men from all walks of life and national origins. Please see our membership page for more information.