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Bayonne, New Jersey Knights of Columbus

Star of The Sea Council 371    


On October 2, 1881 a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, CT.  Called upon by their 29-year old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.  Father McGivney dedicated his life to the spiritual and physical welfare of others. He wanted each Knight's heart and mind attuned to greater love of God and his Son, both within the Church and within the family.  That is his spiritual legacy.  Through the Knights, Father McGivney sought to form young Catholic men into good spouses and fathers.  He has become known as Apostle to the Young and Defender of Christian family life.  He saw strong families as the foundation of his parish, of the Church and of society at large.
During the 1898 war between America and Spain, while William McKinley was president of the United States and while Leo XIII, was gloriously reigning on the throne of Saint Peter, forty-one Catholic men of Bayonne received a charter from the  Knights of Columbus Supreme Council in New Haven, CT. These dedicated Catholic gentlemen laid the foundation for our Council that has developed into one of the largest in the state of New Jersey.  We continue their legacy as we work closely with all of our parishes in Bayonne.  We sustain our religious principles by involving ourselves in many charitable efforts, all of which are meant to help those less fortunate than others all in the spirit of our founder Father Michael J. McGivney.