Who Are We?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. It is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. Membership is limited to "practical Catholic" men aged 18 or older. The Knights of Columbus was established by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven on March 29, 1882. The Order's founding principles are charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights render financial aid and assistance is offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. 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 their parishes and local communities.

Council 12311 is a "parish" council, established in June 1996 at St. Joseph Parish in Nashua NH. Our pastor, Auxiliary Bishop Francis Christian is our Council's Chaplain.

Meetings: The Council holds regular monthly  meetings at the church located at 777 W. Hollis St, Nashua NH on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.

December 2013 Pancake Breakfast

Service and Activism. Knights of Columbus do not participate in Partisan Politics. However, Knights are encouraged to be active on politicsl issues important to the Catholic Church. We help in "Get Out the Vote" initiatives at the Parish as part of our service to Community, help in organizing Red Cross Blood Drives, and Pro-Life activities including financial assistance to local women's shelters such as Marguerite's Place, Care Net Pregnancy Center and charities such as NH Catholic Charities... Our fund raising activities support our scholarship programs, support for seminarians and assistance to the Parish, such as our donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the training for its use.


Knights of Columbus Council # 12311 awards $500 scholarships to two graduating High School student  of a parish family annually. To qualify for eligibility graduating student

  • Must be a member of a registered parish family of St Joseph’s
  • Attending a college or university for the next academic year as a freshman.
  • Applications are available at the parish office or by contacting Scholarship Chairman Lou DiGregorio at 603 889 6337or via email at lr3d@comcast.net.
All decisions are made by the K of C review committee and are final.

2016 Scholarship Application

Council Officers. Officers are elected every June for the Fraternal Year July 1-June 30.


Officers for Fraternal Year 2016 - 2017

Grand Knight:  Tom Moran

Financial Secretary: John D. Puliafico

Deputy Grand Knight:  Kevin Scully

Chancellor: Paul Rioux

Recorder: Douglas T. Heffernan

Treasurer:   James Pugliano

Advocate:  Richard P. McDermott

Warden:  Anthony Campano 

Inside Guard:  Roland Picard

Outside Guard: Frank Stoddard

3 yr. trustee:  Jean-Louis Riendeau

2 yr. trustee:  Raymond L. Pineau

1 yr. trustee:  James Barrows
Chaplain: Bishop Francis Christian

Lecturer:  Dr. David K. Murotake

Pro Life Activism
Knights of Columbus often get involved in Pro-Life activities, one of six major areas of our service to Church, Family and Community. Knights raise money to help women's centers like Care Net and Marguerite's Place, and take part in prayer groups, marches and non-partisan political activism to help protect and preserve Life from conception to natural death.

Patriotism. The Knights are a patriotic Order. The Fourth Degree adds Patriotism to the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. The Evangelization of Life, including promotion of Social Justice, are important to the Order.

Webmaster: David Murotake PhD PGK OCDS david@murotake.com