About the Knights of Columbus Council #13103 in Philo, IL


Welcome to the Philo Knights of Columbus!

We are the Father John C. Hecht Council (Council # 13103).

Our meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM CST at the KC Hall (formerly the American Legion Hall) in Philo, IL.

Steak dinners are served before each meeting at about 6:30 PM, with fellowship beginning at 6:00 PM.

Our Meeting Hall

The Knights of Columbus Hall for our council is located at:

108 S. Harrison St., Philo, IL 61864

KOFC Philo History


Please visit our Events page to view current events that are planned at the Philo Knights of Columbus.

Our council is named in the honor of Father John C. Hecht (1918-1995) who was the long-time priest of the St. Thomas Catholic parish of Philo, serving from the 1950s through the late 1980s.

About the beginnings of the Knights of Columbus.  On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Conn. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

As the assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.


About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. 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 communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

The above information is provided courtesy of the Knights of Columbus official website.   More information can be found on the website of the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild.