Thomas J. F. Ryan Council #5036
Knights of Columbus
|Celebrating 57 Years
of Service to the
Church and Community
1960 - 2017
Michael J. McGivney
(Founder of our Order)
|9090 Old Bustleton Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19115|
The mission of the Knights of Columbus hasn’t changed since its founding in 1882. Our Founder, Father Michael J. McGivney established a ”lay organization, the goal of which would be to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies whose membership was antithetical to Church teaching, to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members.”
challenges of 1882 are still ever present in the world we live in, making
the work of the Knights of Columbus just as important in our community
today. We have grown
from helping families of deceased members to providing aid and comfort
worldwide. The mission of the
Knights of Columbus is driven by its founding principles of charity,
unity, and fraternity. We
at Father Ryan practice these very same principles in all of our
activities. In addition, we
focus much of our energy on fostering the growth of children to become
strong Catholic citizens.
Charitable activities at Father Ryan not only address the needs of our
parishioners, but people in our community, city, and beyond.
We accomplish this through our initiatives such as the annual
Thanksgiving Basket program. While
we have shifted from providing actual food baskets to supermarket gift
cards, one thing that has not changed is the need for assistance.
This member funded program provided over $2,000 worth of assistance
to members of our parishes last year.
Another member supported program is our recent participation in a
Lenten food program, “40 Cans for 40 Days”.
The food collected is delivered to Philabundance for further
distribution to organizations in the Philadelphia area.
We also participate in large relief programs in response to a
natural disaster. We are
united in our council knowing that together we can make a greater impact
of the goals of our Order is to provide for the families of deceased
members. Today this is
partially accomplished by an insurance program created by Father McGivney.
The insurance program is open to all members and provides
economical insurance and other financial investment opportunities.
Similarly, we also provide assistance for a Catholic education to
families of our parishes. We
have provided over $30,000 in tuition assistance to our 3 parish grade
schools. Each year,
during Catholic Schools week, we donate money to each school’s tuition
invest our time and resources into developing the children of parishes to
grow to be strong Catholic citizens.
Aside from our tuition assistance, the free throw competition is a
healthy and fun event in a safe environment, which is always started and
concluded with a prayer. The
boys and girls who win go on to represent their schools and our council in
regional and statewide competitions.
We also have an essay contest for our grade school and high school
students. The topics
challenge them to write about how their Catholic faith interacts in
today’s society. These
activities are not only beneficial to the children, but also the
membership of our council as, again, we unite to build a strong Catholic
are just some examples of how, at Father Thomas Ryan Council 5036,
we work, united with one another, to fulfill the goals that Father
Michael J. McGivney had in mind when he organized the Knights of Columbus.
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