Our Council

The Knights of Columbus was founded by an Irish-American Catholic priest, The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut. He gathered a group of men from St. Mary’s parish for an organizational meeting on October 2, 1881 and the Order was incorporated under the laws of the U.S. state of Connecticut on March 29, 1882.

Though the first councils were all in that state, the Order spread throughout New England and the United States in subsequent years.

Bristol Council 379
The Bristol Rhode Island Council 379 is a Catholic Fraternal Organization promoting Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Bristol Council 379 was chartered on Sunday, November 13, 1898 and one of the oldest Councils in the nation. Since then, the Bristol Council has remained very active in the community. Bristol Council participates in many church activities, sponsors blood drives, and runs a number of charity projects throughout the year.

Unless otherwise noted, all Bristol Council business meetings are conducted at 7:30PM on the second Wednesday of the month at the Bristol Columbian Fathers, in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Bristol Columbian Fathers
65 Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809