About the Knights

The untimely death of the family breadwinner often devastated a family in the 1800’s. In 1882, a young Catholic priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, curate at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, envisioned an organization to help Catholic families deal with this crisis. Out of his vision the Knights of Columbus was founded. We are currently the largest Catholic, family, fraternal organization in the world, and boast a members-only insurance program that is among the strongest in the industry.

The Knights of Columbus have over 12,000 Councils around the world. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. We are a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

This website is the online home of Council No. 10390, whose members are parishioners of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Houston Texas.

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world’s largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

Our council offers male parishioners of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church an opportunity to enjoy brotherhood and fellowship with fellow parishioners that share common values and principles. We offer you the opportunity to participate in fundraising events like our Pancake Breakfast and Lenten season Friday Night Fish Fry that provide you the opportunity to enjoy camaraderie with fellow Brother Knights, meet new church members and perform a duty to your church and Christ that is very rewarding and self-gratifying.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing 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.

If you’re interested in joining our council please email or call one of our Recruitment Directors, or any council Officer. The phone number of our Grand Knight is shown at the top of this page, and email addresses of all officers are listed on this site’s Officers page.

Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.

The Ladies Auxiliary’s main function is to provide assistance to the men and the council. They do this primarily by providing help at events like our Pancake Breakfast and our Friday Night Fish Fry during the Lenten season. The Ladies Auxiliary also does a wonderful job of assisting our council during parties like our annual Christmas party and our Induction of Officers Ceremony.

Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires’ activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.