In October of 1881, a young priest named
Father Michael J. McGivney called together
a small group of men to meet in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. His purpose was to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith, promote
closer ties of fraternity among them, and set up a system that would help fellow members and their families in times of hardships.
The men of this fledgling organization
were chartered on March 29, 1882, to be known as the Knights of Columbus in honor of Christopher Columbus, the Catholic discoverer of America. Today, the Knights of Columbus
is the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society with more than 14,000 local units – "councils" – and more than 1.9 million members.
For a more detailed
history of the Knights of Columbus, visit the
Supreme Council Website.
Knights of Columbus Council 4031 was chartered in May 1955 and named in honor of Maurice F. Burke, first bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne. Founded with 49 charter members, the council now numbers over 150 Knights.
General meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the social hall (basement) of the Church of St. Anthony at 1333 Monument Street in Cody, Wyoming.
Prior to most meetings, a dinner to which families are cordially invited is served at 6:00 pm. Brother Knights passing through the Yellowstone area are invited to stop by our
meetings for a taste of "Western Hospitality – Cody Style."
Our Council's ceremonials and business meetings are restricted to members; all other events are open to the public. Meeting dates/times are subject to change because of liturgical or national holydays/holidays. Please be sure to call ahead if you are coming from a distance.