The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide organization in 14 countries with 1.8 million members strong.
We are a group of practicing Catholic men ranging from 19 to 99 years of age. The gentleman sitting next to you at Mass, the priest celebrating the Mass, the usher handing out the bulletins, a member of the Parish Council, a Eucharistic minister are all examples of Knights involved with our Parish.
Our members are from all walks of life: Priests, Physicians, Machinists, Cooks, Attorneys, Landscapers, Federal and State government employees, Teachers, IT Specialists, Police Officers, Engineers, Small business owners and retirees.
Our members have various interests. They garden, hunt, fish, are NASCAR fans, football, baseball, hockey and basketball fans at every level.
What We Do
- Provide spiritual and financial support to our parish and diocesan seminarians
- Provide financial support and collect toiletries for the Saint Samuel Center
- Conduct a basketball free throw contest for the youth of our community
- Conduct a soccer goal shootout contest for the youth of our community
- Conduct various fund raising activities
- Collect funds for the ARC of Cumberland and Perry counties
- Donate over $5,000 to various charitable organizations yearly
- Participate in the Baptism gift presentations at SEAS
- Make and donate soup for the “Souper Sunday” diocesan fund raiser
- Assist at the Special Olympics held at Messiah College
- Sponsor an annual memorial Mass to honor our deceased Brothers
- Sponsor the SEAS May Crowning
History of Knights #4068
The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died, often prematurely.
Our own Council was established as a regional Council in 1956 as Our Lady of Queenship Council #4068. In 2011 Monsignor William J. King, recently installed pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg, invited the Council to make Saint Elizabeth’s their permanent home. The Council voted on and graciously accepted Monsignor’s offer.
Today we are a growing Council serving the needs of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish community while continuing our charitable work throughout the community.
A Legacy of Leadership
In 2016 John Reardon, the Executive Director of The ARC of Cumberland and Perry Counties, presented an award to Council 4068 for exceeding their goal of $7 per capita collected in the 2015 Measure-up Campaign. Accepting the award for the council is PGK John Castillo, longtime chairman of the ARC fund raising committee. Gene Castle, the new chairman of the ARC committee was also in attendance along with GK Pete Fludovich.
In 2015 our Council earned the Columbian Award for fraternal year 2014-2015.
The Columbian Award recognizes a council’s charitable service activities and programs in each of the six “Surge . . . with Service” program categories. In order to earn the Columbian Award, a council must complete at least four major programs or activities in each of the six “Surge . . . with Service” program categories. A council should focus its activities on Church, Community, Council, Culture of Life, Family and Youth.