Knights from the Irish Hills Council #6223 visit St. Louis Center every Wednesday morning for Mass.

As of 2023, there is an estimated 2 million members of the Knights of Columbus in 16,000 local councils around the globe.

The organization was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney on Feb. 6, 1882, with a mission of charity. Irish Hills Council #6223 was instituted on December 14, 1969, and has inspired men to lead lives of faith in action, of boldness in brotherhood, a life worth living, ever since.

Though St. Louis Center has been serving people with disabilities since 1960, it wasn’t until the late 1980s that members of the Irish Hills Council began attending Mass every Wednesday morning. Only a pandemic that shut down the nation could keep members from joining the Servants of Charity for Mass and breakfast. This simple act of attending Mass in the humble St. Louis Center chapel has had a great impact on the spiritual growth of the council and its members.

The Council has hosted a golf outing for over 20 years. They participate in the Tootsie Roll Drive twice each year. The annual Reverse Raffle dinner has been a sell-out for the past 26 years. Each of these endeavors benefits St. Louis Center. These faithful men conduct fundraising campaigns on our behalf and they also give their time to help with on-campus activities and improvement projects. They are living examples of the Knights of Columbus motto!

This post is on page 14 of St. Louis Center’s 2023 Annual Report.

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