House of Commons
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA
EDM #2742
Tabled 30 September 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House notes that 5 October 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Knights of St Columba, the largest Catholic fraternal service organisation in the UK; further notes that the inaugural meeting of the organisation took place in Central Hall, Bath Street, Glasgow, and that since then it has grown to include over 4,000 members in more than 300 Councils across England, Scotland and Wales, and became a founding organisation of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights; recognises the Knights aim to foster the spiritual and material wellbeing of members and their families, encourage the development of young people in local communities and around the world, fundraise for other local and national charities, carrying out their work based on the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity; notes that celebrations to mark the anniversary include a special Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow on 5 October 2019, followed by a Centenary Banquet; and looks forward to the continuing success and contribution of the Knights of St Columba for many years to come.