Why Join the Knights of Columbus?

Many brother Knights say they joined;
  • To be a more effective Catholic
  • To be associated with and meet other Catholic men and their families
  • To make new friends
  • To strengthen their ties with the Catholic faith
  • To expand their community and social activities
  • To help others in a meaningful and organized way and thus achieve a truly unique sense of accomplishment.
As Catholics we have an obligation to share our faith, assist the less fortunate of our community, and support our Parish. Many find that, as individuals, it is extremely difficult to be involved in a significant way with these obligations because the task seems overwhelming.

As a Knight, you and your family can share in the tremendous works of the Order without feeling the need to identify projects and organize your support all by yourself. In this way your whole family can fulfill their obligation and feel satisfied that they are part of more satisfying and worthwhile activities than they could possibly undertake as individuals.

To see just what we are all about and take the first steps to enhance your personal life, view the segment "Why Join?" from the Supreme website (kofc.org).

(below is adapted from the "Prospective Member Q & A" page from the Supreme website (kofc.org))

Prospective Member Q & A

1. I don't have time to join another organization; why should I join the Knights of Columbus?
  • As a Knight you can choose the projects with which you wish to be involved in within your own community. What is more, the Order is dedicated to family life and the many benefits it offers. From insurance to scholarships to service and social activities and programs, all are open to the whole family.

    Come see just what we are all about and take the first steps to enhance your personal life by viewing the segment, "Why Join?" from the Supreme website (kofc.org).

2. What are the requirements?
  • Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See.

3. What is a practical Catholic?
  • A practical Catholic accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

4. Explain what Degrees are.
  • There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order's core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

5. Do I have to purchase Insurance to become a member?
  • No; unlike many fraternal organizations one does not become a member by purchasing insurance. In the Knights of Columbus a man has to be a member before he may avail himself of the insurance benefit. Purchasing insurance is optional, however; the life insurance and long-term care insurance products offered by the Order are not only competitively priced, they are among the most solid and highly rated products available anywhere. Standard & Poor's and A.M. Best, the leading independent agencies that rate insurance companies, give K of C insurance their highest ratings.

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