Provincial Council 2 of the Knights of St Columba is situated within the area of the Catholic Diocese of Liverpool; in the North West of England. Liverpool Province has the honour to be the home of the first Council to be established in England in 1920. The Province currently has ten Councils located in the following areas. Council 9 South Liverpool, Council 12 Bootle, Council 13 Litherland, Council 14 Childwall, Council 18 Widnes, Council 64 Ormskirk, Council 146 Southport, Council 458 Isle of Man, Council 493 Anfield and Council 584 Aintree. There are also 3 Wirral based Councils included in Province 2 which are Councils 51,283 and 413.
The present Grand Knight or Chairman is Pat Foley. The Grand Knight normally holds Office for a period of three years but is required to submit to re-election each year during the three year period.
Liverpool had the first subordinate council and the first provincial council in England and its activities in the beginning covered the whole of the North, extending as far as Newcastle. The province has had many famous sons, including four Supreme Knights; T P Davis, W J Loughrey, W Downey and F J Redmond, many M.Ps, Lord Mayors of Liverpool and Mayors of other Lancashire towns, and aVictoria Cross holder: Mr. Alfred Wilkinson, of the Leigh Council. He won the award through an act of outstanding courage just three weeks before the end of the 1914-18 war.
The Liverpool Cathedral project had been with us as long as most of us can remember and the Knights’ Liverpool Province was the first Catholic organisation to become a “founder” of the cathedral. They subscribed for a St. Columba Chapel and this was officially dedicated by Archbishop Beck of Liverpool on February 9, 1969.
The Province also has an ‘off-shore’ council in the Isle of Man. A council was set up in Douglas (458) in 1951 and occasionally the province holds its meeting there. It is visited regularly by members from Liverpool and other centres.
Councils within Province 2 work closely with the Parishes and communities in which the councils are located, providing support and funds for various projects. The majority of members are also active participants in their own
parishes. If you wish to be involved in such an organisation why not start by contacting us via one of the Provincial Officers?