Patrick E. Kelly, a Past State Deputy of the District of Columbia, became Deputy Supreme Knight on Jan. 1, 2017, following appointment by the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors. He previously served as the Order’s Vice President for Public Policy and as the first executive director of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.
Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Conn., and a group of parishioners. Their intent? To bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families.
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