Knights of Columbus

Father McGivney Council 6392

St. Leo the Great V St. Catharine's V St. Mary's

Council Information

The Father McGivney Council of The Knights of Columbus serves the Parishes of:
St. Leo the Great - Lincroft,
St. Mary's - Colts Neck and
St. Catharine's - Holmdel
in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Our Grand Knight for 2014-2015 is John T. Boyle.  You can contact him at

About our Council

The Father McGivney Council was established in 1972 through the efforts of the our first Grand Knight, Nicholas F. Gallinaro. The Council is named after Father McGivney, who Founded the Order in 1882.

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, curate at St. Mary's parish in New Haven Connecticut. The Knights of Columbus was chartered on March 29, 1882, in the State of Connecticut. As the priest explained to a small group of men at a meeting in the basement of St. Mary's Church in October 1881, his purpose in calling them together was manifold: to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement; to promote closer ties of fraternity among them; and to set up an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members in the group who might die would not find themselves in dire financial situations.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who shall not be less than 18 years of age on their last birthday. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. Every Knight is happy to propose eligible Catholic men for consideration as members.

The Father McGivney Council works closely with our Parishes providing funds and manpower for various charitable projects.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Nine Habits for Better Living

By Dr. Ralph J. Papaleo - July MMXIII

1. As members of the Knights of Columbus we need to focus and practice our habits every day if the world is going to be attracted to the image of Christ. Focus on one habit you wish to learn and go on to the next and start all over once you finish the whole Nine Habits for Better Living.

2. Positive attitude. Look for the best. Hope for the best. Keep your mind focused on positive outcomes. You can't say nothing ever works out for me, or my life is over once you hit 70th. Every day you serve the Lord is a good day.

3. Accept circumstances the way they are: God grant me to serenity to know what I can change and not change and try to change what I can.

4.Pray always even in the darkness of your own soul. Remember, for most of the years of her life Mother Teresa could feel nothing. Say Lord may my words be heard and may my prayers be answered. Pray expressly for the sick and dying even in impossible situations.

5. Fear not Death even as it comes closer each day. It is merely a passage to a new and better life. Why fear, when "God loves you." Remember Jesus's words, "Even if you die, so shall you live."

6. Be grateful every day for the wonderful blessings you have received. Say: "Thank you, Lord, for the hardships you send me to endure."

7. Remember to treasure the important thing in life.

8. Enjoy this world for it was given to you.

9. Foremost, accept God's will and trust in his divine providence that all thing will work at well in the end.

Value the hope you come to receive and can give to others. Each day I pray I may see the sign of the Butterfly - which is the sign of hope in the resurrection - to a new and better life.