The Knights of Columbus is the largest catholic fraternal benefit society in the world with more than 14,000 local Councils throughout the world. The Knights of Columbus have worked tirelessly in their communities in the areas of charity, education, religious and social welfare, support of our service members and disaster relief.
But that’s only part of the story. What the Knights of Columbus is about is becoming a better father, a better husband, a better Catholic and a better citizen. It’s about getting back to basics in life, on bended knee in prayer or with hand over heart saying the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s about looking around in your own community, seeing a need for change and being the man to effect that change. It’s about living as Jesus commanded, by caring for the least of us. What it’s really about is YOU – when you become a Knight, you also become a better man. Think you’re ready to join us?
In 1881, it wasn’t easy to be Catholic. The rabid anti-Catholic sentiment of the time pervaded all aspects of society from the media, to government and to common culture. Catholics were prevented from getting jobs, running for public office and were often victims of violence because of their faith. On the evening of October 2, 1881, Father Michael J. McGivney summoned the men of his parish to the basement of St Mary’s Church in New Haven to band together against the forces that were tearing at the Church, their families and the promise of this great Nation.
It took great courage in 1881 to stand up as a Catholic man and proclaim your faith. We throw the word “hero” around today so much that it has lost some of its meaning but those men, by standing up for God and Country, were truly heroes.
Sadly, we need heroes again. One only open the paper to see that our faith is once again under attack from all corners of society. From the constant challenges of our most basic rights of conscience to rampant anti-Catholic sentiment in the media, America needs its Catholic men to stand up once again and proclaim unabashedly their love for God and Country and to lead by the example set by their extraordinary works of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The 1.8 million men of the Knights of Columbus have answered the call – will you?
If you are a practical Catholic gentleman 18 years or older and wish to stand with us, kindly fill out the form below and a representative from the Council will be in touch with you. We will NEVER use the information you provide for any other purpose than to contact you regarding membership in the Knights.