Knights of Columbus council reports successful year

July 24, 2019

The Knights of Columbus Monsignor Desmond Council of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church completed a very good year.

A fraternal benefit society of Catholic men founded in New Haven, Conn., in 1882, the Knights of Columbus has grown to almost 2 million members who are Catholic men age 18 or older.

The Monsignor Desmond Council was founded shortly after St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church became its own parish in 2003 and has now grown to over 200 members. The Knights help support the parish through volunteer hours and financial contributions, sponsoring several social events throughout the year. The Knights of Columbus has its own insurance company with policies totaling over $100 billion held by its members.

During the past fiscal year ending June 30, monies were provided to several worthy organizations including Little Sisters of the Poor, Sussex Pregnancy Care Center, Casa San Francisco, Greater Lewes Community Village, Lewes Senior Center, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Tunnell Cancer Center, Veterans Support, Special Olympics, suicide prevention programs, Lewes Little League, Down Syndrome research and support programs, Children’s Beach House, St. Polycarp Squires Program, memorial bricks on campus for deceased members, and scholarships. The council also provided Lenten dinners, breakfasts and other dinners to promote interaction among parishioners and community residents.

Since 2003, with the help of  parishioners, some of the council’s major efforts include providing monies to Sussex Pregnancy Care Center to purchase an ultrasound machine, installing a Ten Commandments Monument in front of  St. Jude’s Adoration Chapel, placing a new tabernacle inside the Adoration Chapel, and supporting an Eagle Scout project to erect outdoor Stations of the Cross around the parish campus.

For more information on the Knights and membership for any Catholic age 18 or older, go to or call Bob Frost at 302-249-0879.