Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Missouri Gabriel Council 12650, which operates in Houston, Licking and Roby, was recently awarded the Distinction of Star Council, the international organization’s top award for local councils.

It is the fourth time Council 12650 has received the award. There are 278 active councils in Missouri, and this year only 19 received it.

The Star Council Award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of growing membership, promoting Knights of Columbus Insurance benefits, sponsoring Catholic faith formation programs and volunteering time through service-oriented activities.


The Knights of Columbus is one of the world’s leading fraternal and service organizations with two million members in more than 16,000 parish-based councils. During the year, knights around the world donated more than 47 million service hours and $150 million for worthy causes in their communities. The organization offers extensive life insurance service to members and their families, resulting in more than $116 billion of life insurance in force. Knights of Columbus asset advisers offer investment services to individuals and institutions in accord with Catholic social teaching and has more than $27 billion in assets under management.

Through a variety of charitable activities, it has supported families and communities for more than 139 years. Learn more at

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