Knights of Columbus

Marlborough Council 81

  •    88 Roundtop Rd    •    Marlborough, MA   01752   •    508-481-0593   •  
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Welcome to Marlborough council #81


Who are the Knights of Columbus?

We 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 young people.

Our 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 Korea.

Despite its growth, our Order remains true to Fr. McGivney's original three simple founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

Council Information
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 mikefallon@verizon.net

Council Meetings
We 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
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, Outside Guard.

Through the years, our council has unceasingly rendered countless hours of charitable service to our parishes and communities.  

What we do
Our 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.  

We 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.

But 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.