Big Rapids Knights of Columbus Council 1300
Over 100 Years of Service
The Knights of Columbus was founded by Fr. Michael McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882. Fr. McGivney formed the organization to provide assistance specifically for widows and orphans. To this day, the Knights main goal is the same as then: Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism. There are over 15000 councils in the US and a number of other counties.
The Knights of Columbus Council 1300 in Big Rapids was chartered just twenty six years later on March 1st 1908. We celebrated our 100th anniversary on June 14, 2008.
Charter member names include such community leaders as “Top” Taggart, CF Starr and J. Miller. Buildings at Ferris State University are named after these leaders. Other community and K of C leaders through the last 100 years that area residents might recognize include Fred Stratz a Charter member in 1908 and Gordon Stratz a current member, M. Whalen, Patrick Doyle, Robert Horan and our recent mayor, Edward Burch.
Council 1300 has been the leading Catholic men’s organization in the area. Several councils around Big Rapids have evolved directly from efforts of the members of Council 1300 and include Remus Council 7869, Reed City Council 12668, Howard City Council 13653 and White Cloud Council 13939.
Over the years Council 1300 has earned the Star Council award, the highest award a council can achieve, the Michigan Achievement award and Star District award.
An additional recent accomplishment of the Knights in the District is the charter of a new 4th degree Assembly in Big Rapids. Fr. Solanus Casey Assembly 2773 was chartered in 2002 and is now a 53 member group with meetings at St. Paul Campus Chapel at Ferris State University. Members of Council 1300 were very instrumental in the establishment of this proud Assembly.
After 100 years of service Council 1300 looks forward to enthusiastically supporting St. Mary St. Paul parish as well as the new councils and their communities. Any Catholic man 18 years old and a practical Catholic can be a Knight. Ask any Knight for further info.