Knights of Columbus

March 18, 2015


Knights of Columbus Waterloo, ILL. Council #1334 was Founded June 14, 1908 with the goal to support the community and other nation-wide causes.

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

We achieve our goals through...

  • Advocating for the Mentally Handicapped.
  • Supporting Human Support Services, Canterbury Manor and Monroe County Nursing Home.
  • Assisting the public and parochial schools in Waterloo and a variety of other charitable projects.
  • Sponsoring Cub Scout Pack 323.



What do we do?

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All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

Look for more information on how our council lives out these principles in the coming weeks!

Some of our activities include: 

  • Hold annual Tootsie Roll / Intellectual Disabilities Drive
  • Run BBQs and Raffles to raise money for charitable giving
  • Organize Spelling Bee and Free Throw Contest for local youth
  • Support those discerning a vocation to the religious life
  • Console widows and grieving families at times of loss
  • Bring comfort and fun to senior citizens in local nursing homes
  • Stand Honor Guard for special Masses such as First Communion and Confirmation
  • Volunteer at local events like the SS Peter and Paul Parish Picnic and Monroe County Fair
  • Host socials to foster brotherhood



Where do donations go?

  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic School
    • Education First
    • Capital Campaign
  • Local Priests and Seminarians
  • Holy Name Society Raffles and Golf Outing
  • Monroe County Pro-Life
  • Boy Scouts
  • Nursing Homes
  • Newman Fund
  • Parish Picnics in Renault, Tipton and Waterloo
  • Gibault Catholic HS
    • Oktoberfest
    • Tuition Scholarships
    • Annual Fund
  • SS Peter and Paul Parish
    • Retired Religious
    • Youth Ministry
  • Disaster Relief
  • Life Network
  • Rotary Tree Of Lights
Through numerous events, activities and fundraisers, the Waterloo Knights of Columbus
Council #1334 raises and donates around $25,000 to local charitable needs and projects annually.

Join Us



If you are a Catholic male over 18 and would like to join please, contact us at the email listed below. We have a great group that is very active in the community. Please contact Mike Kruse if you want to feel more involved in the church or community.

Please contact us at

Grand Knight: Mike Kruse

Financial Secretary: David Kennedy
(618) 939-8959

Insurance Agent: Steve Boyer

Newsletter Editor: Ken Gibbs