Knights Council #7275 - Lafayette, LA 70503

About Us

Our Mission Statement

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.

Fr. Michael J. McGivneyOur History

Fr. Michael J. McGivney, a curate at St. Mary's Church, New Haven, Connecticut, expressed what he perceived as a need to establish a Catholic fraternal benefit society that would provide assistance to those families experiencing the loss of the breadwinner of the family.  An exploratory meeting was held in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Sunday, October 2, 1881.  After several meetings the Order was incorporated in Connecticut on March 29, 1882 and was called the Knights of Columbus.   On May 15, the Order was born when thirty-six men formed the first Council - San Salvador Council. 

The Knights of Columbus Council 7275 was founded in 1979 as part of the Holy Cross Parish family.  There were 34 founding members and we now have 167 dues paying members of the Council. We have became one of the Councils of Area H of the Louisiana State Knights of Columbus

The Order is now composed of more than 1,600,000 members in 10,800 active Councils.  The organization of The Knights of Columbus contains four levels of operation:

The Supreme Council operates under the leadership of five Supreme Officers, a Supreme Chaplain and a Board of Directors. The leader of the Organization is Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who has served in the capacity since 2000.  Serving as Supreme Chaplain is the Bishop of Brooklyn - Most Rev. Thomas V. Daily.

The State Council operates under the leadership of five Elected Officers plus the Immediate Past State Deputy.  The leader on the state level is the State Deputy.   Appointed by the State Deputy are District Deputies, Are Coordinators, State Directors, Chairmen, and Committee persons.  The number of Districts, Program and Membership Personnel varies with the terms of the State Deputy.  The practice in Louisiana is that they will serve for a period of two (2) years.  The State Office in Lafayette is under the jurisdiction of the State Deputy.

The Subordinate Councils serve as the foundation of the Knights of Columbus.  As of 1/1/98 - the Louisiana Jurisdiction has 275 Active Councils with a total membership of 33,728 members.

The Insurance Agencies serve an important part in the Knights of Columbus.  It is through this group that the Order is able to offer insurance coverage to the members and their families.  Louisiana has four agencies with a force of about 40 insurance field agents.

The Louisiana Jurisdiction was formed in 1902 in New Orleans and the first Council was Council 714.

St. Vincent De Paul at Holy Cross

Holy Cross Council 7275 of the Knights of Columbus supports the St. Vincent De Paul organization.  The fund helps parishioners that are in need of food and/or clothing for their families.  Learn more by visiting the Society for St Vincent de Paul.

Knights of Columbus
Major Council Projects

1) Annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt
2) Annual BBQ Charity Fund Raiser
3) Annual Lenten Fish Fry Fund Raiser
4) KC District, Area and State Gumbo Cookoff Contest
5) Send Christmas Cards to all priest in Lafayette Diocese
6) KC District, Area and State Youth Freethrow Contests
7) Youth Education Program (YEP)
8) Help with many different ministries in the Parish 
9) Help with some repairs and projects for the Parish
10) Annual Pro-Life Project (Baby bottle campaign)
11) Sponsor local Boy Scout Troop
12) Sponsor local youth sport teams
13) Sponsor local individuals in training for the priesthood or religious life.
14) Assist with parking for the Chrismas Acadieanne Noel (Acadian Village) Program to benefit LARC
15) Cook for a number of Parish sponsored programs every year.
16) Provide financial assistance to fellow members and their families through insurance programs,annuities, and donations
17) Seminarian Mission Fund Gumbo
18) HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Divine MercyMaking a Difference in our Christian Life

The Knights of Columbus offers a practicing Catholic man the opportunity to follow the ways Christ taught us.  

The works of mercy are charitable actions motivated by Christian love by which we help our neighbor obtain what he or she needs spiritually and materially.  Instructing, advising, consoling and comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. 

The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.  The works of mercy are not optional but are absolutely essential to living the Christian life of holiness and goodness.

Corporal Works of Mercy

The works of mercy are charitable actions motivated by Christian love by which we help our neighbor obtain what he or she needs spiritually and materially. Instructing, advising, consoling and comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. 

The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.  The works of mercy are not optional but are absolutely essential to living the Christian life of holiness and goodness. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2447; Catechism for Filipino Catholics 972-977
  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Care for the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

The Scriptural basis for the corporal works of mercy is the parable in the Gospel of Matthew, in which Jesus teaches his disciples about God’s criteria for the Last Judgement (cf.Mt25:35-42).  In this parable, the just and the unjust discover that in their merciful actions on behalf of the neighbor, they have been merciful to the Lord Jesus, who identifies completely with the hungry, homeless, sick, imprisoned and even the dead.  God, who is rich in mercy, invites His sons and daughters to imitate his abundant mercy and loving kindness towards His children.  God is rich in mercy, because of his great love for us, he brought us to life with Christ when we were dead in sin. – By this favor you were saved. (Ephesians2:4-5)

Spiritual Works of Mercy

The works of mercy are charitable actions motivated by Christian love by which we help our neighbor obtain what he or she needs spiritually and materially. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.  

Instructing, advising, consoling and comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently.  The works of mercy are not optional but are absolutely essential to living the Christian life of holiness and goodness. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2447; Catechism for Filipino Catholics 972-977)

  • To admonish the sinner (correct those who need correction)
  • To instruct the ignorant (teach the ignorant)
  • To counsel the doubtful (give advice to those who need it)
  • To comfort the sorrowful (give comfort to those who suffer)
  • To bear wrongs patiently (be patient with others)
  • To forgive all injuries (to forgive others who hurt you.)
  • To pray for the living and the dead (to pray for everyone who needs our prayers)
  • The spiritual works of mercy are drawn from a variety of Old and New Testament sources.

My brothers, if someone is detected in sin, you who live by the Spirit should gently set him right. (Galatians 6:1)

Let the word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you.  In wisdom made perfect, instruct and admonish one another. (Colossians 3:16)

Correct those who are confused.  (Jude 23)

As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you.  (Isaiah 66:13)

Help carry one another’s burdens; in that way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Because you are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness and patience.  Bear with one another; forgive whatever grievances you have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you. (Colossians 3:12)

Pray constantly and attentively for all. (Ephesians 6:18)

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