The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit organization for Catholic men who are guided by four core principles - charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. The Knights of Columbus believe in giving back to our local community, especially through our local Catholic Churches and John Ireland School. The St. Peter Council started in 1910 and now serves four parishes in St. Peter, Nicollet, Marysburg and Cleveland. The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic service organization in the world. Our members are men of character and conviction who are driven by their faith and conscience to selflessly serve their families , Church and community. The Knights of Columbus as a whole have been in the forefront in their support for the right to life. To be a Knight is to be involved with your community, supporting your local Catholic Church while enhancing your own faith and is about protecting and enhancing your own faith and is about protecting and enhancing your family life. The Knights of Columbus donate funds to many local charities and organizations including Special Olympics, Birthright, John Ireland School and religious education programs just to mention a few.