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Knights of St Columba Burnley Council 110 

 

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 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.

We:

  • 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.

 

 

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA – NATIONAL HISTORY AND OBJECTIVES

On 5 October 1919, Patrick Joseph O'Callaghan, an Irish immigrant from Cork, gathered a meeting of 24 Catholic men at Central Hall, Bath Street, Glasgow and agreed to form a fraternal organisation - The Knights of St Columba.

 

The founders, known as the Incorporators, modelled the Knights of St Columba on the Knights of Columbus in the United States founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882. The first initiation of members began on 11 November 1919, while the following year a concert was held on St Patrick's Day which strongly boosted the membership of the organisation into the hundreds.

 

As Knights we fundraise for both local and national charitable causes and help "to make the difference." We work alongside other Knights in Charity, Unity and Fraternity. We meet new people and establish new friendships which last a lifetime. We deliver help to others and find solace ourselves with activities which enhance our spiritual lives. We campaign for the Sanctity of Human Life, Social Justice, the Poor, the Third World and more. We are part of a greater voice working in Charity, Unity and Fraternity towards a greater good.

 

The Order is named after the missionary Saint Columba of Ireland. The pious 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 over 4,000 members in over 300 Councils across England, Scotland and Wales. Membership is limited to men who faithfully practise Catholicism and are aged 16 or over.

 

As a religious sodality, we support the doctrine as well as the missionary work of the Holy Catholic Church. We foster the spiritual and material wellbeing of members and their families. Similarly, we encourage the development of young people in our local communities and abroad. We are also part of the founding members of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK).

 

The Order is an organised body of Catholic men; a lay organisation giving its entire loyalty to the Holy See, to the Hierarchy and Clergy in all things appertaining to the Catholic Church. Belonging to the Order strengthens our Catholicity by learning, understanding and spreading Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel values. Members work together with the Church with the full approval of the Hierarchies of England, Scotland and Wales.

 

Members of the Order are pledged to campaign for pro-life and other moral issues, working with other organisations that share our views and beliefs. Members are also committed to help and support young people to grow in the likeness of Christ as well as promoting vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and religious life. The Order is a fraternal and charitable organisation, ensured by its members carrying out benevolent works in our parishes, dioceses and overseas, especially in the developing world.

 

The Order aims to be a family organisation that promotes the family and its values and fully appreciates the help and support of our ladies, families and friends who support us in the work carried out in the name of the Knights of St Columba. Members of the Order aim to achieve these objectives through practising the fundamental values of: Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

 

 

Click Here for an Extract from 1975 KSC 110 Golden Jubliee Brochure of the local history

 

 Golden Jubilee brochure 1

 

 Golden Jubilee brochure 2

 Golden Jubilee brochure 3

 

 

 Council Officers 1975

 Council Officers 1975b