About Us


Founder Fr. McGivney

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. 

The Order is still true to its founding principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.  The Knights 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.  

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.  

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to over 15,342 councils and well over 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.  

The St. Bartholomew K of C Council #11873 was offically chartered on October 12, 1996 with 148 Charter Members.

Local Action


St. Bartolomew Knights of Columbus Council # 11873 supports various groups in our local community of East Brunswick, NJ. Some of them are. 


Life Choices  

St. Bartholomew CCD  

St. Bartholomew School 

Bishop George Ahr. High School Scholarship Fund  

Boy Scouts of America - Troop 109 

Military Order of the Purple Heart 

Wounded Warrior 

American Red Cross 

Wreaths across America  

East Brunswick Buddy Ball  

Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home  

NJ Special Olympics 

Camp Daisy