About the Knights of Columbus -- Local Chapter 4060 and National
St. Isidore the Farmer was originally founded as a parish in 1910, pastored then by Father John Collins. The new St. Isidore Church which you see above was completed under Pastor Julius Bensen, and dedicated by Oakland Diocese Bishop Floyd Begin
on Sunday, May 27, 1962, as reported in The Monitor, which was the Oakland Diocesan newspaper of the time.
St. Isidore's Knights of Columbus Chapter was formed in 1975, also under the leadership
of Monsignor Bensen. The Parish and our Knights Chapter continued to grow rapidly
after Father Daniel Cardelli became our pastor in 1978, on through the pastorate of Father Gerard
Moran beginning in July of 2005.
Father (later Monsignor) Cardelli oversaw extensive Parish and school-building additions,
including the wonderful Ministry Center in which we hold our Knights' meetings. Father
Moran commissioned St. Isidore Church's exquisite stained-glass windows.
Sadly, we lost Pastor Emeritus, Monsignor Cardelli on December 29, 2021. The February,
2022 edition of the Diocesan Catholic Voice carried a fine two-page tribute to Father
Cardelli's life and his vocation to the priesthood. Father Moran retired in 2021.
But God's grace in Parish leadership continues now under Father Matthew Murray as our
pastor. We are blessed as well to have Parochial Vicar, Father Candelario Jimenez as
our enthusiastic Knights Chaplain! Our immediately past Grand Knight is Steve Battles,
and our current St. Isidore Grand Knight is John Pluth.
Our St. Isidore chapter is named in honor of Father Frank Colacicco, who became a
priest in residence at St. Isidore in 1995. He eventually became a devoted supporter
of, and dedicated fundraiser for, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our little Brothers and Sisters), an organization which builds and maintains orphanages in Central America. He died in Nicaragua on February 15, 2006, and is buried at Casa Padre Wasson there. His work continues under the direction of Father Frank’s Kids.
We have a vibrant Knights chapter, with monthly dinner meetings and numerous activities which we undertake on behalf of our Church and the community at large. If you're a man of faith and a Saint Isidore parishioner, we urge you to consider joining our Father Frank Colacicco Chapter 4060.
Late-19th century Connecticut was characterized by growing fraternal benefit societies, anti-Catholic prejudice, and dangerous factory working conditions that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a need in his community, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, gathered a group of men at his parish on October 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies antithetical to Church teaching, while uniting Catholic men and helping families of deceased members.
To demonstrate their loyalty to their country as well as their faith, these men took Christopher Columbus — recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America – as their patron. The Knights of Columbus elected their first officers in February 1882.
Today, there are approximately 2 million members of the Knights of Columbus, in more than 16,000 councils around the world. Fr. McGivney's beatification -- on what we hope is ultimately his path to sainthood -- was celebrated in Hartford, Connecticut on October 31, 2020. And today, fulfilling Father McGivney's concerns about family security in the event of a Knight's death: the Knights have $25 billion in assets under active investment management, and over $100 billion of life insurance in force.
Knights' charitable activities encompass an extraordinary variety of local, national, and international projects -- from international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission, and Habitat for Humanity, to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local and national charities.
The Knights of Columbus is an amazing organization. For a timeline and more historic details, see the Our History page.
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