ST. ANN'S COUNCIL #2853 WELCOMES YOU
Serving our Community for over 75 Years
ST. ANN'S COUNCIL #2853 AT A GLANCE
Dedicated to Serving
The Knights of Columbus organization was founded on March 29, 1882 by Father Michael
McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut in an effort to assist immigrant Catholic workers, many of
whom were killed on the job, leaving their families with nothing. I am sure he would be proud to
know we have grown into the largest fraternal organization for male adult Catholics in the world.
Pope John Paul II called the Knights “The strong right arm of the Church”. The Knights are best
known for our acts of charity, not the least of which is our involvement with the Special Olympics
and our annual drives to help the mentally challenged, which our council uses to assist local
Our council was chartered on February 22, 1942, and we serve the parishes of St. Anne’s in Fair
Lawn, St. Leo’s in Elmwood Park, and St. Catharine’s in Glen Rock. Our order was also among
the first to aid families after the 09/11 terror attacks, the natural disasters in Haiti and Japan, and
we also provide assistance to our local parish’s food pantries and clothing drives.
Regular business meetings are held bi-monthly on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.
Officer meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month.
“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.”