A group of Roman Catholic men from Avon and Avon Lake, Ohio founded Father Ragan Council No. 3269 on January 15, 1950. The Council was named in memory of Fr. Michael Ragan, who was an assistant at St. Mary’s Parish, Avon, for two years after serving as a US Army chaplain during World War II. Fr. Ragan died in an automobile accident on August 17, 1949.  

Matthew The Council Hall, built in 1961, is located at 1783 Moore Road, Avon (just north of Rt. 611, near the I-90 interchange). Council members performed most of the construction work themselves.

True to its Columbian mission, Father Ragan Council actively supports the Roman Catholic Parishes of Avon and Avon Lake and their accompanying grade schools and parish schools of religion. The council also supports local organizations devoted to preserving the sanctity of life, serving the needs of the developmentally disabled, and caring for individuals and families facing terminal illness. The Council hosts or sponsors several events for youth including a free throw contest, high school wrestling tournament, and scholarship program.
Consistent with its Catholic identity, Father Ragan Council provides its membership with spiritual development through receipt of the sacraments, liturgy, retreats, and a Catholic speakers series. The membership participates in a number of programs supporting vocations to religious life.

On these pages you will find more information about us and the world-wide order of the Knights of Columbus. Over 1.3 million men in about 7,000 councils serve the Lord by serving others.

Principles of the Order
  1. Charity
  2. Unity
  3. Fraternity
  4. Patriotism

Founder of the Order

Father Michael J. McGivney was a 29-year-old assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., when he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Father McGivney’s holiness, devotion to priestly ministry and work to protect family life provide a powerful spiritual influence for Knights, their family members and a growing number of other Catholics. His story must be read.

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