Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
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How to join.
If you are a practical Catholic man, age 18 or older, we welcome you to join the leading organization of Catholic laymen. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. It is likely that there is a local council near you. Applicants must apply to their local council located at a parish, college campus or in the community. Here are a number of ways to find a council.
Contact Our Council. This feature will give a list of councils in your area.
Contact your campus minister on your college or university campus.
Look in the Yellow Pages. Local Knights of Columbus councils are normally listed under the "Clubs and Organizations" section in the phone book listings.
Ask a friend in the Knights for help.
Call the Supreme Council at (203) 752-4044.
Benefits of Being a Knight
- Free subscription to the Order’s monthly magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families.
KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS ROSARY
- Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the First Degree exemplification to each new member.
DAILY MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH
- Mass for deceased members and their wives, and deceased members of the Squires program, at birthplace of the Order.
- Portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families.
FAMILY FRATERNAL BENEFIT
- For eligible families: a) Pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) Pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) Offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18.
- $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available.
MEMBER/SPOUSE FRATERNAL BENEFIT
- Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost.
- a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance, or annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.
- Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children.
- Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organization skills, etc.
- Eligibility to join the “Patriotic Degree.”
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP
- At Age 70 with 25 years of membership.
- Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in nearly 13,000 councils throughout the world.
- Participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by local councils.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why the Knights of Columbus?
Most importantly, the Knights of Columbus changes lives and saves lives. As a volunteer organization, how much you volunteer and attend meetings is solely up to you--there is no pressure to do anything you don't want to or cannot do. All you are required to do is maintain your modest dues (currently $36.00 a year) to remain in good standing. As a Knight, not only are you presented with opportunities to help those in your community through charity and volunteer activities, but there is fellowship with other like-minded Catholic gentlemen. Additionally, we strengthen the church through sponsorship of acolyte clergy pursuing their vocations through the Catholic church. There are many benefits of being a Knight, but one of the best benefits is KofC's fraternal insurance.
How are Knights tied to the holy rosary?
The Knights of Columbus are consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. To learn more about the relationship between the blessed Rosary and the Knights of Columbus, please click here.
Does the Knights of Columbus have a youth organization?
Yes. The Knights' official junior organization is the Columbian Squires. This international fraternity for boys 10–18 has over 5,000 circles. Like councils that Knights belong to and attend, Squires belong to and attend Circles. According to Brother Barnabas McDonald, F.S.C., the Squires' founder, “The supreme purpose of the Columbian Squires is character building.” Squires have fun and share their Catholic faith, help people in need, and enjoy the company of friends in social, family, athletic, cultural, civic and spiritual activities. Through their local circle, Squires work and socialize as a group of friends, elect their own officers, and develop into Catholic leaders. The Columbian Squires are open to all Catholic boys, ages 10 through 18 years of age. At 18 years of age, Squires usually continue there Catholic fellowship and become Knights.
Can women be Knights or girls be Squires?
No, in both cases. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order and organization for Catholic gentlemen (ages 18 years and older) and the Columbian Squires is a fraternal order and organization for Catholic boys (ages 10 through 18 years of age). However, there are two Catholic associations for women, the Catholic Daughters of America and the Daughters of Isabella.
How do I become a member of the Knights?
To be a member of the Knights of Columbus, you must be a practicing Catholic gentleman and attend an information meeting about the Knights. From there you will be invited to fill out a Form 100 (i.e., application) and submit your dues (currently dues are $36.00 per year). Once your application and dues are received, the council membership votes on your application for membership. If selected for membership, you will attend an exemplification ceremony into the first degree of the Knights of Columbus. Upon completion of your first degree exemplification (this takes an few hour in one evening), you become member of the Knights. Once you've obtained your first degree, you will be encouraged to get your second and third degrees, but there is no obligation to do so. Once you've obtained your third degree, you are considered a full Knight in the Knights of Columbus Order.