Knights of Columbus

St. James Council 2299


About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. In 2005, members reported volunteering 64,039,706 hours of service and Knights at all levels donated a record a record $139.7 million to charity, including $33,638,426 in contributions by the Supreme Council and its charitable foundations; $12,685,401 from state councils; and $93,387,792 in donations from councils, assemblies and Squires circles. The monies raised at the state and local levels are expended exclusively for state and local programs.

The Knights of Columbus St. James Council #2299 is for Catholic men of St. John parish and their families. It meets on the 2nd and the 4th Mondays of each month at the St. John Church Hall at 7:30 p.m.  

We pray the rosary at 7:00 pm and our business meeting commences at 7:30 pm.

K of C, contact Grand Knight Tom Walsh


  • Squires: Boys ages 10-17 are invited to join. Learn leadership skills, deepen your faith, be of service to others and have lots of fun! Call Stephen Proctor 385-8939.
  • The Knights of Columbus will offer breakfast in the Church Hall First Sunday of the Month.
  • Squires Meeting: First Sunday of month, after Knights breakfast - meet in church hall.

History of the Knights of Columbus

On Oct. 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney. 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.

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.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 12,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

"Protecting Families for Generations" is a motto that captures the Knights' adherence to the legacy of its founder and fidelity to his vision.

Officers of St. James Council 2299

Grand Knight Monte E. Amnah
Deputy Grand Knight Michael F. Hartman
Chancellor Kevin Kerns
Recorder Jeffery Shaben
Advocate Stephen Proctor
Treasurer John F. Switzer
Warden Thomas D. Kessler
Inside Guard Richard L. Snell
Outside Guard unassigned
Trustee for One Year Thomas E. Roberts
Trustee forTwo Years Paul E. Scarmack
Trustee for Three Years Thomas A. Walsh

Contact St. James Council 2299