The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family
fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members
and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic
Church, their communities, families and young people.
As 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 in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic
men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing
Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts
of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the
Knights of Columbus.
Contact the-Membership Chairman
for information regarding membership in the
Knights of Columbus. Email for information at KofC.org
Any Third Degree member in good standing,
6 months after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership
in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster
the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love
of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership
in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of
the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions,
an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.
Catholic Women's Organization - Our
Lady of Grace Columbiettes.
On March2, 1939 the New York Chapter
Knights of Columbus formulated a plan to create the first ladies Columbiette
oganization and was instituted on this date Since that memorable day,
many new auxliaries were formed and eventually State Councils and a Supreme
Council were established..
New members are initiated within
the subordinate Auxiliary and with their integrity, strength and scope
have these Auxiliary activities become 'Columbiettes' and are recognized
as a group of Catholic Women promoting the ideals of Columbianism to serve
their local Parish to provide charitable support as well as financial
assistance to our church and community.
Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas
McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted
in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages
of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to
active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer
members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.