Knights of Columbus (Holy Ghost Council #10812)
The Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Knights are unequivocal in their loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth. They are firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Knights were founded over a century ago; they remain true to them today.
As a lay Catholic fraternal service organization, membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to all practical Catholic men of age eighteen and above, in communion with the Holy See. The term "practical Catholic" implies that a person accepts and abides by the commandments of God and the precepts and tenets of the Catholic Church.
Meetings and Activities
The Knights of Columbus coordinate the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass in the Multi-Purpose Room in Towers LLC, providing greeters, lectors, and eucharistic ministers.
An annual service project, the Stocking Stuffing Challenge, provides stockings for the Holy Family Institute, brightening the Christmases of about 100 needy children every year. The Knights also engage in several off-campus service projects each year and fiscally sponsor seminarians from the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
In the spirit of fraternity, the Knights build brotherhood by participating in a wide range of activities, from pizza nights to spiritual retreats.
The Knights meet every Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Room 109 in the Student Union.