For 140 years, the Knights of Columbus have brought financial aid and assistance to those in need. Established in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., Fr. Michael McGivney began the organization with a mission of charity, unity, and fraternity. There are now many Knights councils across the world, serving in various capacities to their own communities and parishes.
Here at the Cathedral of Christ the King, our council has been active since 2006, and Damon Sexton currently serves as Grand Knight. After joining our parish in 2018, Damon was looking for opportunities to get involved.
“Being new to the parish, I wanted to be part of a group,” he says. “I knew very little about the Knights themselves, but I knew they were active in the parish. I was new there and they were visible. I had a Knight approach me and ask if I had ever considered joining the Knights. I had been thinking about it. I joined, and here we are, four years later. It’s been an amazing ride for me.”
Damon was appointed as Deputy Grand Knight in 2020, less than a year after joining the group. Then in July 2022, he became Grand Knight of the council. Being in a position of leadership, he has various responsibilities, from administration to acting liaison with the community and church.
“My greatest focus is ensuring the pastor’s vision and the parish is supported first — that the needs of our Catholic families are met,” Damon says. “When the Knights were first organized, Blessed Michael McGivney wanted to see there was support not only for the parish but for immigrants, widows, children, within the faith community.”
The council here at Christ the King has 120 members who actively serve and participate in a variety of events, activities, fundraising efforts, and more. Between those 120 members, they also spend a collective monthly total of 100 hours praying the Rosary or in front of the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration.
Throughout the year, the Knights engage in more than 130 faith-in-action activities alone. There are many ways in which they support our school, parish, children’s catechesis, families, pro-life efforts, and the wider community. They host fish frys on five Fridays in Lent, serving roughly 300-325 meals in 90 minutes. They also support our sister parish with their clothing bank efforts.
In 18 months, from 2022 through the end of 2023, their collective efforts and projects raised $70,000 to be put back into the parish and community.
“We raise money to give it away,” Damon says. “Really, any activity that goes on that requires heavy lifting, the Knights are usually called.”
The Knights of Columbus invite the men of our parish to participate in an initiative that balances both service and faith. It brings together the dynamic of community while also calling the men to serve and help out where needed.
“We are not guys who only do service-related things, or faith only,” Damon says. “I encourage guys to find the tenet within the Knights and find an activity they can have ownership with.”
The Knights of Columbus meet on the fourth Monday night of every month at 7 p.m., in the Parish Life Center, meeting room D.
For anyone interested in joining or learning more about the Knights of Columbus, please visit www.ctkknights.com.