Knights of Columbus

We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor.

Harrison Butker on the Need for Knights

Former College Knight and Super Bowl champion kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs addressed attendees of the College Councils about the need for Knights on college campuses.

Some Recent Projects of the Knights

  • Sponsorship of a billboard proclaiming Jesus as the true reason for the Christmas season.The Billboard is located on 28th just west of Kalamazoo Ave
  • Earl Burhans and Kingman Davis delivering the “Tootsie Roll” fundraiser check to Kathy Ryan, CEO of the Equine Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford.

About Our Council

The St. Stephen Knights of Columbus Council #15691 became certified in April 2013 by the late Pat McLaughlin. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise notified) in the basement of the Parish Office located at 723 Rosewood Ave SE. We are eager to grow our brotherhood and be a ready reserve for our Pastor, no matter his need.

If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith,or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you! Becoming a Knight can transform your life.  We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor.

Our Principles

Behind everything a Knight does is the vision of our founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, and the mission he left the Knights as Catholic men united in Faith. Today, we ask for his intercessions, pray for his canonization, and live out in our lives the principles he left us as Knights:


This principle, which is explified in the First Degree, is the basis of all we do as Knights and as Catholics. “And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, (these three),” writes St. Paul, “but the greatest of these is charity.”


None of us is as good as all of us.  United as brother Knights, our efforts in support of the Catholic Church and our fellow man are focused and multiplied. Our efforts have resulted in well over $1 billion in charitable contributions over the last decade.


Members of the Knights, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipino, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens.  We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both.  Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are among the most devoted citizens.


Venerable Michael 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 individual Knights continue this tradition today, giving more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and disabled members and their families.  In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of each other.

Source: These Men They Call Knights


Dr. Earl Burhans
Grand Knight