About Us

The Knights of Columbus is an order of Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, respect for life and defense of the priesthood.

On Oct. 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hill house Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith. These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882. They were Knights of Columbus.

The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.

Father McGivney's founding vision for the Order also included a benefits program to provide for the widows and orphans of deceased members. The Order's benefits program has expanded substantially to serve more effectively the Knights' growing membership. Year after year, the Knights of Columbus has earned the highest possible quality ratings for financial soundness from A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's. The Order provides the highest quality insurance, annuity and long-term care products to its members, along with many other fraternal benefits.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.


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Council Information

St. Peter Claver Council 9410 is located at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Simi Valley at the Corner of Cochran & Stow Streets.

Council 9410 meets on the Second Tuesday of the month in the Parish Hall just southwest of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM, followed by pizza and soda or other delicious items as soon as the meetings conclude. It's a fun, social time for our brothers to "hang around" with each other.

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Our Council Officers

  • Grand Knight - Joe Gray
  • Deputy Grand Knight - Pat Murphy
  • Chaplain - Fr. Adrain San Juan
  • Spiritual Advisor - Deacon Brian Clements
  • Chancellor - Rick Semsch
  • Secretary - Ted Schmidt
  • Treasurer - Dan Clark
  • Financial Secretary - Tom Hsieh
  • Warden - Brian Connell
  • Advocate - Tim Carvahlo
  • Inside Guard - Dan Langlois
  • Inside Guard - Michael Willkomm
  • Inside Guard - Chuck Salvatore
  • Outside Guard - Mike Pogue
  • Outside Guard - Matthew Williams
  • 3rd Yr. Trustee - Rick Lapore
  • 2nd Yr. Trustee - Sam DeFrisco
  • 1st Yr. Trustee - Ralph Norton
  • District Deputy - Cliff Wirtz
  • Field Agent - Daniel Robles