by Helcio Sumbe, a Sophomore Psychology major from Houston, Texas.
Who are the Knights of Columbus? This question, though it may differ with each council of Knights, can be answered as follows. The Knights of Columbus is first and foremost a Catholic fraternal service organization founded by the Venerable Michael J McGivney. Built upon the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the Knights of Columbus have grown to be recognized as the faithful right arm of the Catholic Church. The original intention for the founding of the Knights was primarily for the protection of widows and orphans within the Church, and then the community. Above all the principles charity surpasses the other three within the Knights of Columbus. Service opportunities can go from building fences around a local church, to raising money to support a seminarian through various fundraisers. A great example of raising funds is making Knights of Columbus Salsa seen here in the College Knights of Columbus Council #13577 at the St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University. The Council was first chartered in 2004 and has had an interesting journey with periods where the fruits of their labor blossomed and at other times wilted. Today the Knights are in full swing, acquiring a new group of First Degree Knights, completing and preparing multiple fundraisers and gearing up for a semester of great service to the Waco community. Spearheading this movement is the Grand Knight Eric Kroyer who has instilled within old and new Knights alike a passionate eagerness; an eagerness to serve the council, the community, and ultimately the Church.