The St. Genevieve Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council # 14772 was conceived and organized by a group of men who are mostly active parishioners and leaders of the St. Genevieve church in Panorama City, California.
This group of eleven worthy knights headed by charter Grand Knight Primo M. Sumagaysay and Deputy Grand Knight Noel S.V. Omega had originally met and planned the establishment of the St. Genevieve Parish Knights of Columbus Council in Panorama City on September 7, 2008 during the “Pinoy Festival” at the Panorama Recreational Center in Panorama City. Listed below are the Founding Members of St. Genevieve Catholic Church Council No. 14772 of the Knights of Columbus:
On April 19, 2009, the historic St. Genevieve Parish Council No. 14772 of the Knights of Columbus in Panorama City, CA was born with the ceremonial institution of the first degree members of the Council. The Exemplification Ceremony, which was held at the Madonna Hall of St. Genevieve church in Panorama City, was conducted by an Exemplification Team from the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Knights of Columbus Council in Los Angeles, California.
Thirty one (31) new charter members were initiated into first degree as follows:
There are twenty nine (29) transferees and readmissions as charter members. Overall, the St. Genevieve Council 14772 was founded and established by sixty (60) Charter members.
Among those who assisted the IHM Council # 13237 of the Knights of Columbus exemplification team were SK Elpidio Andrion, President, Southern CA Chapter, SK Mario Santiago, Chairman, New Council Development, Southern CA and District Deputy # 70, SK Vince D’ Antonio, Chapter Program Chairman and District Deputy # 68, SK Ed Manila, District Deputy # 75, Field Agent Edward Bernard , Alex Aguilar and Nato Quitasol , PGK of John F. Kennedy Council # 6004 in Artesia, California
The St. Genevieve Council # 14772 of the Knights of Columbus was conceived and organized by a group of men who are mostly active parishioners and leaders of the St. Genevieve church in Panorama City, California.
In the late 19th century, Catholics were regularly excluded from labor unions and other organizations that provided social services. In addition, catholics were either barred from many of the popular fraternal organizations, or, as in the case of Freemasonry, forbidden from joining by the Catholic Church itself.
Father Michael J. McGivney, an Irish-American priest from New Haven, Connecticut, saw what could happen to a family when the breadwinner died and wanted to provide insurance to care for the widows and orphans left behind. He himself had to temporarily leave his seminary studies to care for his family when his father died.
On October 2, 1881, Father Michael J. McGivney, a 29-year-old assistant pastor at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, brought together a group of laymen with whom he discussed his dream for organizing a Catholic fraternal benefit society. Finally by March 29, 1882 the State of Connecticut granted the Knights of Columbus a legal corporation status. The anniversary is observed each year by the Knights as Founder's Day.
Almost immediately after the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus, Father McGivney wrote a letter to all the pastors of what was then the Diocese of Hartford, Connecticut, outlining the organization's aims. He wrote: "Our primary object is to prevent our people from entering secret societies by offering the same if not better advantages to our members. Secondly, our object is to unite the men of faith in the Diocese of Hartford, that we may thereby gain strength to aid each other in time of sickness; to provide for decent burial; and to render pecuniary assistance to families of deceased members." The founder's letter concluded with his hope that the Knights of Columbus would be represented in every parish in Connecticut. What started at a church basement in 1881 is now the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, with 1.7 million members worldwide.
People who knew Father McGivney were impressed by his energy and intensity. Father Gordian Daley later recalled, "I saw him but once, and yet I remembered this pale, beautiful face as if I saw it only yesterday. It was a 'priest's face' and that explained everything. It was a face of wonderful repose. There was nothing harsh in that countenance although there was everything that was strong." William Geary, one of the Order's charter members, said that at the first council meeting in 1882, he was "acclaimed as founder by 24 men with hearts full of joy and thanksgiving, recognizing that without his optimism, his will to succeed, his counsel and advice they would have failed."
Father McGivney’s founding vision for the Order also included a life insurance program to provide for the widows and orphans of deceased members. The Order’s insurance program has expanded substantially to serve, more effectively, the Knights’ growing membership. Year after year, the Knights of Columbus has earned the highest possible quality ratings for financial soundness from A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The Order provides the highest quality insurance, annuity and long-term care products to its members, along with many other fraternal benefits.
The Supreme Council is the governing body of the Knights of Columbus and is responsible for the development of the organization as a whole. Supreme Council duties include establishing the Order in new regions and setting up regional authorities, defining and advancing its values and goals, undertaking organization-wide initiatives, promoting awareness of the Knights’ mission worldwide, and protecting the families of members through its extensive insurance program. Members working in local, or subordinate councils, however, carry on the majority of the Knights’ beneficial work.
The Knights of Columbus is a lay, Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to all practical Catholic men in communion with the Holy See, age eighteen and above. The term practical Catholic implies that a person accepts and abides by the Commandments of God and the precepts and tenets of the Catholic church.
The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.