The Knights of Columbus have been a strong force in
supporting the Catholic Church and her clergy in this
land we call Oklahoma. The first two councils in
Oklahoma were formed in El Reno on November 22,
1903, and then in McAlester one week later on November
29, four years prior to statehood. The Oklahoma
State Council was formed February 2, 1907, more than
nine months prior to our statehood.
This long-standing presence of the Knights of Columbus in our state is even
more astonishing if you consider the fact that the El Reno and McAlester
councils were formed less than 22 years after our Order was founded by
Father Michael J. McGivney on March 29, 1882 at a time when communication
moved at a much slower pace than we are accustomed to today.