4 Principles – 4 Reasons


Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.


None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.


Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 73.5 million service hours in 2015, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.


Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

Engaged in Service

Engaged in Service

March for Life

The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming.

Catholic Youth Expeditions

Catholic Youth Expeditions began in the summer of 2002. We made an expedition retreat to Chamber’s Island for three days. We prayed, played, and did the whole camping thing…cooking our own food, making the fire, swatting away flies, hiking to our site, and putting up our tents. During the whole experience the challenge of getting to know one another and surviving was awesome. The culmination of the retreat was adoration, benediction, mass, and confessions on the last night on the island. Since that time, Catholic Youth Expeditions has reached out to thousands young adults and high school students, offering a fun and faith-filled camping experience. In our 12th season we are gaining more experience and discerning where God is leading this ministry. Please pray for us! Our Church needs an avenue of evangelization and catechism wrapped up in one ministry that presents the Gospel message as vibrant and ALIVE!  As Jim Rayburn, founder of Young Life, said: “To bore a young person with the Gospel is a sin!”

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System

Each year the Knights support our local children through fundraisers and donations to Xavier.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a co-educational, fully accredited Catholic school community comprised of more than 1,500 students serving grades PreK 3 through 12th Grade, including St. Francis Xavier High School, St. Francis Xavier Middle School, and St. Francis Xavier Elementary School.  St. Francis Xavier Elementary School consists of two sites, Marquette Street and McDonald Street.  With state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes and a curriculum consistent with current trends, we offer the highest quality faith-based education while stressing the importance of partnering awareness with moral and social responsibility.

Fox Valley Mother & Unborn Baby Care


The mission of Fox Valley Mother and Unborn Baby Care, Inc. (FVMUBC) is to foster a Christ-like view of human life by offering hope and compassionate help to enable positive, life-affirming choices by:

1. Providing medical, physical, emotional and spiritual support for women.

2. Saving the lives of unborn children by exposing the risks of abortion and contraception.

3. Offering support and healing to victims of past abortions.

4. Preventing crisis pregnancies through education and medical testing.

5. Providing education to the community on issues regarding the Sanctity of Life.

NAMI Fox Valley

Serving Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca and northern Winnebago counties, NAMI Fox Valley works tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy, outreach and support programs for people living with mental illness and their loved ones.Through the efforts of our dedicated staff and volunteers, we offer 16 different education, support and outreach programs in our community.

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Our parishes

Hours of Volunteer Service

Visits to the sick
Blood Donors
Habitat for Humanity
Hours of Volunteer Service

The Community Response

Thank you so much for selecting Mother & Unborn Baby Care to be the recipient of your Knights of Columbus Tottsie Roll fundraising efforts.  Please know that thos funds will go to good use, allowing us to continue to meet the medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the women we see, as well as help to save the lives of the babies they carry.

We at so thankful for those that come alongside us in our fight for life! Together, we are making a difference.  We are impacting, changing, and saving lives … one at a time!

Fox Valley Mother & Unborn Baby Care Kristi Hoheisel, Director of Development

Thank you for your generosity and for helping to bring Special Olympics athletes off the sidelines and onto the playing field. We believe that Special Olympics reveals the very best in human nature and character.

Valley Packaging Industries – Special Olympics Pauline Ho, VPI - Special Olympics

The past year’s accomplishments would not have been possible without the generous contributions of community members like you.  We are so grateful for your support, and we look forward to continuing to work together as we drive our mission forward

NAMI Fox Valley Maren Petersen - Executive Director

I am writing to thank you for your financial support for my pilgrimage.  Going to Washington D.C. was a truly inspiring experience that has helped me grow in my faith. I met many amazing people on this trip that I will stay in contact with.

This was the first time that I went to Washington D.C. so it was a very awe-inspiring experience. The first day we were in D.C. we went to the Holocaust Museum which I was looking forward to. Seeing the displays about the Holocaust was very overwhelming and an experience I will remember.

Sam Berendes Sam Berendes - March of Life Schaolarhip Recipient

Our work

Who we are

Who we are?

From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action.

In 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 17th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from 2014 by more than $1.5 million to a new total of $175,079,192. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2015, volunteering more than 73.5 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rose in 2015 by more than a million over the previous year’s total.

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.

"We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith."

If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of nearly 2 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we'd like to meet you and invite you to join us.

Charity Unity Fraternity Patriotism


About Our Council

In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith and to provide for Catholic families in times of need. Fr. Fitzmaurice Council 607 was established in 1901. Currently the council has over 270 members and growing. We invite you to join us as we work to assist others. From 1960 to 2006 we operated the Columbus Club on Richmond St. in Appleton. We sold the hall and have been meeting at the Elk’s Club until 2016. Currently we meet at our 5 member parishes each month. We also hold a pancake breakfast, Golf Outing, brat fry, Mardi Gras celebration, and Family Bowling event. We support several local charities.

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Our Mailing Address

Consider Joining or donating your time or talentPO Box 1492 Appleton WI 54912
We would love to hear from youinfo@KofC607.org