Knights Receive Top Honor

On Thursday, July 22nd, Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly announced that the Connecticut State Council of the Knights of Columbus earned the Pinnacle Award for the 2020-2021 fraternal year. This is the first time that Connecticut has achieved this distinction.

The Supreme Knight’s Pinnacle Award is the highest honor a jurisdiction can achieve. Annually the Supreme Knight recognizes those Circle of Honor state deputies who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements across several membership categories. This year those categories included new members, net membership growth, active councils recruiting and the recruitment of younger members. Achieving Pinnacle means that the jurisdiction substantially exceeded even the requirements for Circle of Honor.

The award will be presented to Past State Deputy Gary McKeone (State Deputy for 2020-2021) at the Supreme Convention in New Haven on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

“It is a testament to the hard work of the members here in Connecticut and their dedication to our Order. They demonstrated what it means to be a Knight of Columbus and made it their mission to share Blessed Michael McGivney’s vision with the people of Connecticut. To be recognized by Supreme Knight Kelly and the Supreme Council for what we achieved is truly a blessing,” said Past State Deputy Gary McKeone.

In 2020 the over 23,000 members of the Knights of Columbus in Connecticut donated over $1 million dollars to various local charities while volunteering over 250,000 hours of community service. Now more than ever, with the ongoing pandemic, there is a need for more Catholic men to serve in our communities and parishes.

About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is one of the world’s leading fraternal and service organizations with 2 million members in more than 16,000 parish-based councils. During the past year, Knights around the world donated more than 77 million service hours and $187 million for worthy causes in their communities. The organization also offers extensive life insurance services to members and their families, resulting in more than $114 billion of life insurance in force. Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors offers investment services to individuals and institutions in accord with Catholic social teaching and has over $26 billion in assets under management. From helping children in need, to providing wheelchairs for the disabled, to helping stock food banks, to offering top-rated and affordable insurance products to its members, to creating a legacy of giving, the Knights of Columbus has supported families and communities for more than 138 years. To learn more please visit us at Catholic men interested in joining should go to

Contact: George Ribellino, PR Director
July 23, 2021