Freestone Council #7
• PO Box 7  • Portland, CT, 06480 


Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.9 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

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.

How To Join
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. The Application and other details of membership is available in the green envelopes you can find in the gathering space of the church.  Simply complete the application and return it to any Knight. Once accepted, the applicant becomes a member by initiation known as the First Degree. The opportunity for Second and Third Degree provide continued lessons in charity, unity, and fraternity. A Fourth Degree (Patriotic degree) is also open to members in the Knights of Columbus who have completed their Second and Third Degree.

Contact Buddy Hernandez at 860-342-3034 for more information.

4th Degree EmblemAny Third Degree member in good standing 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.
Connecticut District

Ladies Auxiliary
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.

Squires EmblemUnder 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 local Squires group is at Xavier High School, Middletown, CT.

Recent Membership Degrees-2017
Member Degree
Craig Weske4th Degree
Richard Clark2nd/3rd Degree
Mike Swartz2nd/3rd Degree
Vincent Catarco2nd/3rd Degree
Mark D'Angelo 2nd/3rd Degree
Ken Rode 2nd/3rd Degree
Tony Trojanowski 2nd/3rd Degree
Mark Creighton2nd/3rd Degree
John Tewkesbury2nd/3rd Degree
Eric Rowe2nd/3rd Degree


Membership Degrees-2016
Member Degree
Richard Clark 1st Degree
Bill Curtin 1st Degree
Mark D'Angelo 1st Degree
Joe Labbadia1st Degree
Joe Loban2nd/3rd/4th Degree
James McCabe2nd/3rd Degree
David Romaneck2nd/3rd Degree
Mike Swartz1st Degree
Tony Trojanowski1st Degree
Craig Weske 1st Degree