Knights of Columbus
About the Knights
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of men dedicated in our Catholic faith. Its purpose is religious, namely, to provide charitable community services based on tenets of the Catholic Church and to support the ministry of the Catholic Church.
Four Principals guide our service to community:
Charity + Unity + Fraternity + Patriotism
We strive to overcome the hardships of poverty, unemployment and persecution of our faith through service to our youth, family, Church and community. Membership in the Knights of Columbus provides opportunity for wholesome association with congenial companions who are, first of all, practical Catholic gentlemen. It offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same belief, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbor and who stand side by side in defense of those beliefs. Programs are so organized as to appeal to the individual interest of the members. Through many constructive activities of Christian fraternity, members are enabled to render service to their Church, their country and their fellowman. Through membership they develop a consciousness of their ability to lead and to assist.
The Knights are organized in Degrees of membership and broken down into Councils and Assemblies. At St. Thomas and St. Bridget, 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees make up Council 13174.
Who Can Become a Knight
1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who shall not be less than 18 years of age on their last birthday. These men strive to live up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Applications are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. Every knight is happy to propose eligible Catholic men for consideration as members.
All priests and religious brothers having duly made application for membership and participated in the ceremonials become honorary life members of the Order and are exempt from payment of dues.
Application for membership must be made through our Council 13174. If favorably voted upon, the applicant becomes a member by initiation known as the 1st Degree. He subsequently is advanced through the 2nd & 3rd Degrees.
There are modest yearly ($40) dues set by the council under regulations established by the Supreme Council. The insurance privileges are available to all members who can qualify, which represents an important advantage of membership. For men in every walk of life the name Knights of Columbus engenders the image of a united organization, efficiently going about it tasks of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the priesthood. It is composed of men who are giving unselfishly of their time and talents in service of God and their country.
Organized Columbianism, united behind the individual Knight of Columbus, provides the power of an intelligent, alert body of Catholic men–a strength which the individual by himself cannot achieve.
Knights of Columbus has a proud heritage. The qualified Catholic man can share in that heritage and build an even greater future by affiliating himself with this forceful, effective body.
Please Contact Don Fogarty, 504-495-2343 with any questions.