Knights of Columbus

Father Vilarrasa Council 7268
• PO Box 1908   • Benicia, CA 94510  

Council Activities

The Fr. Vilarrasa Council is located next to Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church in Benicia at 825 5th Street. The Grand Knight for 2013-2014 is Joe Thurin. You can contact the Knights by email at Or visit the Knights Website here.

Council Meetings
Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the St Dominic’s Parish Hall at 7:30 PM.

About Our Council

Through the vision of Brother Frank Skillman, Rev. Christopher Fritter, O.P., and District Deputy John Andrada the Knights of Columbus formed a council within the city of Benicia. Council 7268 was chartered on March 8, 1979 with it’s name chosen to honor the first pastor of St. Dominic’s Church in Benicia, Fr. Vilarrasa. Frank Skillman served as the Charter Grand Knight and the Charter Chaplin was Rev. Christopher Fritter, O.P., pastor of St. Dominic’s.

In it’s history, the Fr. Vilarrasa council has been awarded Star Council 4 times for the following Columbia years; 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. The Council has participated in the California State MR Drive every year since it began 1988 raising funds for people with Mental Retardation in the Southern Solano Community.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world’s largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.


How To Join
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

Contact any of the Officers for more information.

Any4th Degree Emblem Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.