About Us

Knights of Columbus, Council 7519, Monsignor Paul Martin Council at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

2022-24 Officers

Grand Knight: Brother Knight Ed Matthews

Deputy Grand Knight: Brother Knight Shane Stafford

Financial Sect.: Brother Knight Ed Jordan

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic mens organization dedicated to three basic principles: Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. We follow our faith to help others; stand united with our clergy and Catholic educators; and build bonds between Catholic men. The Knights are primarily a local, parish based charitable group but we also have a national and international efforts.

The Knights of Columbus is also a fraternal benefit society, which means the Knights have several ways to provide financial security to members and their families, while turning premiums into charitable impact.

The Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. Their intent was to bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled, and needy members and their families. Today, Father McGivney is being considered for sainthood.

Our Council is named for Monsignor Paul Martin; the longtime Pastor of Mission Church. Monsignor Martin oversaw the building of the “new” church, the expansion of the school, and unprecedented growth of our parish. Our Council raises funds year round to assist Mission Basilica School and many other Catholic endeavors: pro-life causes, seminarian tuition assistance, encouraging Catholic life on college campuses, and others.

Prospective Knights can complete our on-line membership in 10-12 minutes! Once your membership is confirmed, you can transfer to our local parish Council after completing an Exemplification of Charity, Unity & Fraternity. That’s our in-person initiation and advancement ceremony.

For more information, please visit our national website: https://www.kofc.org/en//index.html

The Knights of Columbus has been a major force for good in Ukraine and Poland. Please join us in praying for the safety of all!

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