Knights of Columbus

J.F. Dunn Council 5153 - Established in 1961

Supporting the parishes of St. Mary's Parish, Carleton Place & Holy Name of Mary Parish, Almonte.

With an active membership, J.F. Dunn Council 5153 holds monthly general meetings on the first Thursday of every month.

To find out how to become a Knight, please contact your local Grand Knight or any current member of the Knights of Columbus. We will be more than happy to welcome you to our fraternity.

History of the Knights

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 were 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 more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 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 and Saipan.

For more information on the Knights of Columbus, visit their website at

Knights of Columbus Executive

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