The Columbian Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 25,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 1,500 circles worldwide. Circles exist, or have existed, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad. Local Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies sponsor Squire circles, which may be based either in a council/assembly hall, in a parish building, a parochial, private, public or military school, or on a military installation. The Squires involves young men in programs to benefit the Church, the community, as well as in recreational and social activities.
In 1923, a La Salle Christian Brother named Barnabas McDonald was charged by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council with the development of a program for young Catholic men to help improve “the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities," (section II, Article II of the Laws and Rules of the Columbian Squires). On August 4, 1925 the activation of Duluth Circle #1 in Duluth, Minn., began the Columbian Squires program.
The Don Bosco Circle # 548 was originally organized and recognized as a Squires Circle in the Knights of Columbus on September 14, 1947. After a period of dormancy beginning in the 1960s, the Circle was re-activated by the Fr. William A. Daley Knights of Columbus Council on November 09, 2010. There were 10 original members with membership almost tripling in the first year. The first Chief Squire sought different ways to lead these young men during the first year. He brought the group together by focusing on the first principle of the Knights of Columbus: “Charity”. The Chief Squire led the group by undertaking a raffle to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, resulting in the Circle donating $5,000 to the Foundation in June of 2011. The group’s hard work was rewarded with the Circle receiving the Brother Barnabas Award in its first year, an award which recognizes the 25 best activities conducted by local Circles throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. Quite an accomplishment for a group of young men that have only begun to work together!