Mansfield Council 687

Charter.1The Knights of Columbus have a long history of serving the Catholic Community in Mansfield. The Mansfield Council was chartered in August of 1902, just twenty years after the Knights of Columbus were established by Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut.

The 52 charter members were led by Michael T. Ready, D.D., Bishop of Columbus, the first Grand Knight and Chaplain Fr. Rev. Ferdinand A. Schreiber.  The Mansfield Council was the 27th council established in the State of Ohio.

The first meeting of the group was held in the School Hall on North Main St., and later quarters for the council were obtained in the Bowers Building.

It was on October 2nd, 1947 that the Knights of Columbus purchased the “Sherman House” and re-established a council hall at 499 Park Avenue West at the corner of Sherman Avenue.

During World War I, the Mansfield council contributed hundreds of dollars to maintain recreation centers at service camps.

In 2001, the social hall was moved a little over a mile west to it’s current location at 1114 Park Avenue West.  For several years, the council hall and grounds were home to the St. Peter’s Summer Festival.

Today our council is active in supporting Richland Newhope Boy Scout Troop 123, the local Catholic Charities organization and various fundraising projects for the youth of the parish. Council 687 also holds an annual Feather Party before the Thanksgiving holiday which is a primary fundraiser for the organization. We are blessed for the opportunity to continue to serve the needs of St. Peter’s Parish and the Mansfield community.