Knights of Columbus

A Faith in Action Partnership

Across the nation, Knights of Columbus councils are partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach to host Faith in Action activities with their parishes and communities to bring relief and hope to the poor worldwide.

This partnership has been a great blessing to all involved, and we are excited that our programs are officially listed under the Knights’ “Helping Hands” program. Thank you to all the Knights who have made this possible and have continued to be Christ’s hands and feet both — in their communities and abroad.

Knights Packed One Million Meals

On January 27, 2024, Knights reached a new milestone by packing their one-millionth meal! That morning, Knights in West Virginia hosted a food packing event attended by 240 volunteers who packed the final 50,000 meals needed to reach this goal. The excitement of the event was contagious and launched the momentum to pack another million meals!

We are deeply grateful to every Knights’ group that hosted a food packing event and made this achievement possible. In the years it has taken to reach this goal, a life-giving partnership has emerged. Time and again, we have seen Knights nationwide have put their faith in action on behalf of the poor, and the impact of their compassion and generosity has been amazing to experience.

Our prayer is that you will help us continue this lifesaving work. Contact us to learn more about hosting a food packing event, and, together, helping us reach another million-meal benchmark!

We’d Love to Work With You

Fill out the form to learn more about how to bring Faith in Action events to your community

Engage With Cross Catholic Outreach

Serving Your Community and the Poor Worldwide

Wells of Salvation

According to the United Nations, one child dies every 22 seconds from waterborne illnesses — that’s why we need your help. Your council can make a difference in the lives of poor African families in Ghana, Malawi and Zambia by helping build new, safe water sources! Any amount helps.

Outreach Priests

Give your parish priest a much-needed rest and your fellow parishioners unique insight into the needs of the poor. Cross Catholic Outreach Priests can bring this enriching experience to your parish. Among these priests are Missionaries of Mercy, men commissioned to share the hope and healing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Box of Joy

This past Christmas season, Knights from across the U.S. blessed 16,428 children in need with Box of Joy gifts. Children who might not have received a Christmas gift were all smiles as they opened their boxes. During the next holiday season, invite your council members and wives to help spread Christ’s love and the joy of his coming at Christmas! 

Knights’ Reviews

What Brother Knights Have to Say About Our Programs

Scott NaleCouncil No. 16837, Morgantown, WV
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“[Food packing events are] a program that excites people. When you can involve the community, hands-on, working side by side to put those meals together, you’re engaging them in a way that is incredibly impactful to the individual. We see the fire and the energy start there and roll forward.”
Bruce Van DenburgFr. Robert Scott Council No. 11064, Clifton Park, NY
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“When our Council heard of the plight of these families in Africa and their need for clean water, the brothers overwhelmingly and enthusiastically approved to support Wells of Salvation.”
Justin LaGrangeCouncil No. 544, Nashville, TN
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“The Box of Joy ministry gives our councils a fun and easy opportunity to engage our Knights, parishioners and families in such a special project.”
Vince KrajcirCouncil No. 14773, Fort Eisenhower, GA
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“There is nothing more special than seeing a young child’s eyes filled with joy and love from our Catholic families. I believe our Box of Joy gifts were the least we could do to help those loving children of God. This small act of kindness helped our Council to receive STAR Council this past fraternal year!”

Light on a Knight

Men on a Mission

Cross Catholic Outreach appreciates the opportunity to serve alongside the Knights of Columbus nationwide. Each month we are proud to shine a “Light on a Knight” as our way of recognizing different brother Knights for putting their Faith in Action through their leadership and support of our ministry and programs.

Terry Waters is the Manager of Special Initiatives for Cross Catholic Outreach

Terry Waters

Manager of Special Initiatives

Terry Waters is a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Council #12127 in Maryland. In his more than 20 years as a Knight of Columbus, Terry has served as a Grand Knight, a District Deputy and a State Program Director. Now, as the Manager of Special Initiatives for Cross Catholic Outreach, Terry encourages brother Knights to build partnerships aligned with the Faith in Action goals of the Knights of Columbus.

Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy ministry, food packing events and overseas mission projects have become particularly popular activities among U.S. councils.

You Can Help Transform Lives in Your Community and Around the World

Do you want to create a lasting legacy? Are you ready to plan your will or trust? Contact our Planned Giving department to discuss ways you can make a significant gift to the poor and help further our mission.

Let’s Pray Together

We consider it an honor and a privilege to intercede for Knights and their family members. If you or someone you love needs prayer, please fill out the form below. We would love to pray for you.  

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