The Knights in Ridgewood
Council #1736 in Ridgewood was founded in 1914. Currently membership numbers approximately 250 men. The Council serves as a Service Ministry for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish
Every year these men they call Knights give great gifts of time and talent to the parish and the community.
We support local charities and children and families in need.
2018/2019 Fraternal Year Council #1736 Officer Slate
Grand Knight - Rich Kritzer
Chaplain - Msr. Ron Rozniak
Deputy Grand Knight - Ramon Hache
Chancellor - Mike Dos Santos
Recorder - Matt Gatley
Financial Secretary - Don Judge
Treasurer - Mike Helmstetter
Lecturer - Mike Dougherty
Advocate - Chris Weigl
Warden - Bill Fanaras
Inside Guard - John Walicki
Outside Guard - Jeff Voight
Mike Megnin, Alex Ramos, Jason Fell, Bill Fahey
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights 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.
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 13,000 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, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.