The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.
Thanks to the inspired work of Father McGivney—as well as that of millions of other Knights over the past century—the Knights of Columbus now stands at its pinnacle of membership, benefits and service. Currently, there are over 1.7 million Knights of Columbus—more than ever before in our Order's history. Together with their families, the Knights are nearly 6 million strong. In addition, from the first local council in New Haven, the Order has grown to more than 13,000 councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan and Poland. Each year, the Order continues this strong growth.
Today, as in days of old, a Knight is the shining example of courage, honor and integrity. Always abiding in Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, The Knights of Columbus are heralds to the modern world that real men love Jesus, love their families, love their church and love their country.
At Tara Council 6352, in Jonesboro, Georgia we Knights strive to be a living example of this faith. In our homes, in our places of business and in our community, we look for ways to keep Christ with our families, our neighbors, our country and our Church.
The Council was founded March 12, 1972 with John C. Gavel serving as our first Grand Knight and Father Alan M. Dillman as our first chaplain.
Our goal is to be a "Star Council" every year by completing the needed requirements to achieve this award...Above all else, our council's success and growth is built on the efforts of our program directors in achieving each of their objectives.