St. Gregory Council
Knights of Columbus - Council No. 14687 was organized in 2008, and holds its business meetings on the first Monday of each month at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in Amherst, New York. As a Catholic fraternal service organization dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity, membership is open to men eighteen years and older who are practical Catholics in union with the Holy See.
THE SUPREME KNIGHT’S MESSAGE ON THE CORONAVIRUS
As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson shares the actions and responses taken by the Knights of Columbus.
As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the actions and responses taken by the Knights of Columbus. The coronavirus disease is not the first pandemic the Knights of Columbus has faced. In the late nineteenth century, and again in 1918, the Knights remained strong and active despite such situations. And together, we will do so again this time. We know that this period will be difficult in various ways for everyone, and we want to assure you that the Knights of Columbus is fully committed to you and your family, and has taken the steps necessary to continue our important work on your behalf – from protecting the faith and financial stability of members’ families, to helping members put their faith into action by providing important charitable service within their communities. Although to our knowledge, no staff at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council or Museum in New Haven or at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., have tested positive for COVID-19, we have implemented remote operations for most staff, allowing our business processes, customer service and fraternal support to continue their important work uninterrupted, while simultaneously protecting the health of our employees and reducing the risk of community spread of this illness, which is often facilitated by having large groups of people in close proximity to one another. Furthermore, our sustainable investment strategy means that our exposure to current stock market volatility is limited, and we remain extremely strong financially. With that strength, and the strength that comes from committed employees, we remain positioned and ready to serve our brother Knights. Of course, our agents and our customer service team also remain available to help you with any insurance or related financial needs that you may have. As we implement new systems to serve you and respond to a higher volume of inquiries than usual during this period, it is possible that wait and turnaround times may increase. As we move through this pandemic together, you can rest assured that the Knights of Columbus will be there for you. We will provide regular updates in the days ahead, and we will remain joined with you in prayer and in service to our neighbors in need.
May God bless you, and keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.
The good works, conduct and ethics of the Knights are informed by these core principles
Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Our members show love for their neighbors by conducting our many charitable activities and donating our time to local organizations in need. As Knights we recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity takes the principle of unity and makes it that much more personal. Members recognize not only the positive acts of service the Knights perform, but also the solid companionship it offers men as they get married, become fathers, and progress in their careers. 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. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 75.6 million service hours in 2017, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.
Members of the Knights of Columbus, are all patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. At the 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis, the Order’s vice supreme masters processed wearing the new uniform of the Fourth Degree: a blue blazer, blue tie and a black beret, all with the Fourth Degree emblem worn with a white shirt and dark gray slacks. Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson officially announced the change in his annual report and directors unanimously voted to adopt the new uniform with the good of the entire Order in mind.
ST. GREG'S COUNCIL AT A GLANCE
MEETINGS SCHEDULE AND LOCATION
Council Business Meeting Schedule
1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm
Council Officers Meeting Schedule
4th Monday of the month at 7:00pm
200 St. Gregory Court
Amherst, NY 14221-2632
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St. Gregory Council 14687
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"Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life."