The Knights of Columbus Museum

The Knights of Columbus Museum pic
The Knights of Columbus Museum
Image: kofcmuseum.org

Counterterrorism expert John Guandolo belongs to the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization. The organization maintains a museum with both permanent and temporary exhibits in New Haven, Connecticut. The mission of the museum is to educate the public about the Knights of Columbus and the charitable work it has accomplished through the support of members like John Guandolo.

One of the museum’s permanent exhibits covers the life and work of Fr. Michael J. McGivney, who founded the Knights of Columbus. The exhibit contains paintings, photographs, and other items meant to give visitors a look at McGivney’s childhood in the late 19th century in Connecticut, his later work as a priest at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, and his work founding what became one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world. The exhibit features a bronze statue of McGivney.

Another of the museum’s permanent collections hones in on the organization’s namesake, Christopher Columbus. The exhibit looks at how Columbus served an inspiration for the organization in its early days and why the Knights of Columbus used his name. Among other items, the exhibit features 1400s-era ceramic tiles from a church in Santa Domingo that Columbus founded. Additionally, the collection features In Sight of the New World, a circa-1852 oil painting by German artist Peter Kohlbeck, which depicts Columbus and his crew on the deck of their ship.

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Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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