The Squires are the official youth group of the Knights of Columbus. The Squires were founded by Brother Barnabas McDonald who devoted his life to the welfare of youth. The Columbian Squires is a leadership development program for Catholic young men between 10-18 years old. There are about 25 000 squires in over 1300 units internationally, called circles, throughout Canada, the United States, Philippines, and much more.
The Squires Program is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have strong commitment to the church and who are ready, willing, and capable of patterning their lives after the Youth Christ.
The Circle is run by and for young men, under the guidance of Knights, who serve as counsellors. Squires are to be leaders, thus, to the degree they are able. They are given the opportunity to lead, by running their own meetings, investing their own members, setting their circle’s agenda, and implementing their program of activities.
Squires like to have fun. They also like to meet new friends, travel, play sports and socialize, but at the same time being serious mended. Squires are involved in promoting vocations, marching in defence of unborn children, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, supporting Special Olympics and promoting Catholic education among countless other activities. Thus, the Squires circle is an athletic team, a youth group, a social club, a cultural and civic improvement association, a management training course, a civic rights organization and a spiritual development program all rolled into one.
For more information about the Squires or about starting a circle in your council, please contact the Manitoba State Squire Chairman – Matthew Lagacé and he will be glad to assist you.
Supreme Squire Website: http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/members/squires/index.html
Ontario Squire Website: http://www.ontariosquires.com/