Msgr. Francis Byrne Council [5476]

• 6001 Three Chopt Rd • Richmond, VA, 23226 • (804) 282-9511



The Knights of Columbus began in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, when Father Michael J. McGivney called together a small group of Catholic laymen and founded a society designed to unite Catholic men in their faith and provide financial assistance to the widows and orphans of its members.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.


Contact any Council member for membership information, or bslough@saintfrancishome.com (804)385-4441 . Members are visible before and after each Mass, participate at most parish activities, and can be reached through this and the parish websites.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

Being a member of the Knights of Columbus is not a time-consuming undertaking. There are many opportunities and outlets for members to choose where they can have the biggest impact based on their personal talents and interests. We welcome men of St. Bridget Catholic Church, as well as fathers who have children in the School, to speak with one of our members to learn more about the Order.


As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world’s largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus provides the opportunity for a wholesome association with other Catholic gentlemen who recognize the same beliefs of duty to God, family & neighbors. Programs are tailored to individual members’ interests.


Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.


The Ladies Auxiliary’s main function is to SUPPORT the men and the council. They do this primarily by providing help at events, cooking for events and providing monetary help. They also generally do help with setting up and beautifying the hall for events.


Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires’ activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.THE 24-HOUR ST.BRIDGET KNIGHT – Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism


 Being a member of the Knights of Columbus is not a time-consuming undertaking. As a member in the Knights, we are asking for 24 hours of your time each year in the following manner:

  • 12 hours a year reading the weekly church bulletin, the state & local council newsletters & the monthly Supreme Council magazine, COLUMBIA.
  • 2 hours a year volunteering at a council event of your interest
  • 2 hours a year attending two council prayer services with your family
  • 2 hours a year on a council sponsored family project or event
  • 2 hours a year attending one council meeting
  • 4 hours a year attending a council social function with your family

For info find us at, www.knightsofcolumbus-council5476.com

Bart Leahey, Grand Knight
Email:  bgljmu@yahoo.com  Phone:  (804) 240-9859

John Vandersyde, Deputy Grand Knight 
Email:  JOHN.VANDERSYDE@LNF.com     Phone:  (804) 683-9181

Bruce Slough, Membership Director
Email:  bslough@hotmail.com     Phone:  (804) 385-4441

New Member Registration for Information, please click below.

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Knights of Columbus at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Richmond, VA 23226

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