Mr. Speaker, this year, on March 29, the Knights of Columbus will be celebrating their 125th anniversary. The Order of the Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney with a group of parishioners in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882.
The Knights of Columbus is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity 125 years later. It renders financial aid to members and their families. In addition, mutual aid and assistance are offered to the sick, the disabled and the needy.
The small founding group has grown to become the world's largest lay Catholic organization, with more than 1.7 million members around the world.
I wish a happy anniversary and long life to the Order of the Knights of Columbus, so that it can continue the good work.