This scrapbook tells our story for the fraternal year 2018-2019 which is coming to a close this month. Mary’s Millennium was awarded first place for our scrapbook at the 121st State Convention. Special thanks to Bill Henderson for compiling this record of our accomplishments this fraternal year.
Learn More About Us This Weekend
On October 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 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.
On December 12, 2000, a small group of St. John the Evangelist Parish men were called together by their priests, Rev. Robert F. Tonelli and Rev. Fred C. Pesek , to form Mary’s Millennium Council #12801. They were officially recognized by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus as evidenced in the attached certificate.
Both groups of men sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country and their families and their Faith. Today we honor those founding Brothers, many of whom remain active members, and all who have followed in their footsteps. Together they have performed countless hours of service to God, the Church, and the community at large. We call upon all the men of the parish, who aren’t currently members, to prayerfully consider following in their footsteps to keep this tradition alive in our parish. This weekend Brother Knights of Mary’s Millennium Council will be in the narthax answering any questions you might have about our council and the order.