Who are the Knights? The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. It is truly an “Experience of a Lifetime”!
Membership Benefits As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of 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. Our council activities are generally split into several categories such as Church Activities, Youth Activities, Family Activities, Community Service and Council Activities.
How to Join 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. Please contact our Membership Director or our Grand Knight if you would like to join our order or transfer to our council.
4th Degree Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year 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.
Ladies Auxiliary The Ladies Auxiliary’s main function is to SUPPORT the men and the council. They do this primarily by providing help at events, cooking for events and providing monetary help. They also generally do help with setting up and beautifying the hall for events. We do not have an official Ladies Auxiliary associated with our council at this time, however many of the ladies are members of the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Women’s League and many other parish groups, and they kindly help and support us at the events that we offer.
Squires 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. Our Columbian Squires Archbishop Wilhelm Circle 4283 is being rebuilt and hopefully will soon be active once again. We will post more information here when it becomes available.