Who are the Knights?
Membership in the Knights of ColumbusThe Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.
The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need. As recently as 1992, Mother Teresa of Calcutta praised the Knights in a speech on the occasion of her reception of the first Knights of Columbus Gaudium et Spes Award.
Thanks to the inspired work of Father McGivney—as well as that of millions of other Knights over the past century—the Knights of Columbus now stands at its pinnacle of membership, benefits and service. Currently, there are over 1.6 million Knights of Columbus—more than ever before in the Order's history. Together with their families, the Knights are nearly 6 million strong. In addition, from the first local council in New Haven, the Order has grown to more than 12,000 councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Each year, the Order continues this strong growth.
Why Join the KnightsImagine 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.
Membership BenefitsAs a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the 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.
Membership requirements are that the applicant be a practical Catholic gentleman, who is 18 years of age or older.
Catholic men 18 years of age or older who join the Knights belong to a council, or local unit. Many 18 to 22 year olds first join the Knights of Columbus in a college council. Members who have been in the Knights for one year and have attained Third Degree membership are eligible to join the Fourth Degree Knights.
What is a practical Catholic?
A practical Catholic is one who is in union with the Holy See and who practices the precepts of the Catholic Church.
The Knights of Columbus also sponsors the Columbian Squires, a service and leadership training organization for Catholic young men ages 10 to 18 years old.
Here at Saint John’s, the Council is very active in all aspects of parish and school life. We are many of those you see serving as Ushers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers. We also provide much of the workforce needed during specific events in the church and school calendar. Annually we collect funds to aid our fellow citizens who are mentally handicapped and provide scholarship money to aid those attending our parish school.
Knights InsuranceOne of the great opportunities available to all Brother Knights is our wonderful insurance program. Contact Bob Abbate, Field Agent, either by phone at 757-619-7616, or via email.
Go to the Insurance page.
How to JoinJoining the Knights of Columbus is easy, all you need to do is submit a comleted application form #100 to any Knight in our Council. All will gladly assist you.
Application blanks (form #100) are available from any Knight or in the brochure racks as you enter St. John the Apostle church.
If you desire additional information, please contact any of the Knights you see at Mass at St John’s (they can be identified by their nametag).
Degrees of KnighthoodThere are four "Degrees" of Knighthood within the Knights of Columbus. Each of the Degrees is designed to exemplify one of the four Principals of the Order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.