An international friendship
In 2013, a group of friends in France, including priests and laymen, committed to serving the Church and encouraged by their bishops, contacted the Knights of Columbus and its leader, Carl Anderson.
Shaped by the teachings of Jean Paul II, inspired by Scouting, guided by a spirit of sportsmanship, and sharing a strong international vision for the Catholic Church, they sought to establish an enculturated Knights of Columbus presence in France.
The key was to present Father McGivney’s vision to Catholic men in France: a simple and tangible commitment to serving people in our parishes and communities through missionary discipleship.
On August 4, 2016—the feast day of St. John Vianney—the establishment of the first five councils in France was officially announced at the 134th Knights of Columbus Annual Convention in Toronto.