The Parish of the Good Samaritan
Knights of St Columba Burnley Council 110
WHO ARE THE KNIGHTS OF SAINT COLUMBA AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
The Knights of St Columba (KSC) were founded in Glasgow in the year 1919 – so the organisation recently celebrated its Centenary. The KSC is the largest Catholic fraternal service organisation of its kind in Britain.
The Order is named after the missionary Saint Columba of Ireland. The saint helped to bring Christianity to the people of Northern Britain. Our membership cuts across people from different walks of life, who by dedication, share in the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
We have about 4,000 members in over 300 Councils (local groups) across England, Scotland and Wales. Membership is limited to men who faithfully practise Catholicism and are aged 16 or over. We support the doctrine as well as the missionary work of the Holy Catholic Church.
Burnley Council is a bit younger, we formed in 1925 partly at the instigation of a Glaswegian who came to Burnley to play football and was already involved in the KSC. Our activities mirror those of the national organisation and Councils across the country. We are not a secret organisation, we hold many of our activities in public.
- Support the clergy;
- We support young people by organising events for our Catholic Primary Schools and supporting achievement at our Secondary School;
- We promote Catholic Action eg by engaging with politicians on Right to Life issues;
- We raise funds for local, regional, national and international charities – in the last year before Covid we donated £3000 – split between the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship; in late 2020 we made donations to the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship and Holly Grove School (Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund) who each received cheques for £1,000.
- We foster the spiritual and material wellbeing of members and their families, spending a lot of time visiting and supporting our members and their widows who are unwell. We hold regular Masses and Rosaries; we participate in pilgrimages;
- We have an active social life – largely centred on the KSC 110 Club on Yorkshire Street where we have been since 1962. It’s where we are able to hold events to support our fundraising aim. Covid is currently preventing such activity.
Council Officers 1975