Christopher Columbus Our Patron

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This week we celebrated the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492.  Columbus’ voyages have been celebrated since the colonial days.  Columbus Day first became a state holiday in Colorado in 1906.  It wasn’t until 1937 that Columbus Day became a federal holiday.

When the Knights of Columbus was born on February 6, 1882, the new members selected Christopher Columbus as their patron, recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America.  Ten years later, on the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World, 6,000 Knights of Columbus marched in the New Haven Columbus Day parade.   Just thirty years later, with support from the Knights, the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Some 20,000 Knights attended the ceremonies, which were overseen by President William H. Taft.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 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.  We invite practical Catholic men, age 18 or older, to join our ranks.