Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application forms are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus, or you can contact us on-line.
Knights of Columbus Membership Benefits
Our members and their families enjoy fellowship at many social events that include religious observances, fund drives, dinners, and youth activities. Aside from the numerous personal rewards that come from being a Knight, here is a list of the many tangible rewards for you and your family:
Columbia - Twelve free issues annually of the world’s largest Catholic family magazine—Catholic family evangelization at its best!
Rosary Program - A free Knights of Columbus rosary is given to new and readmitted members.
Daily Mass Remembrance - Mass offered daily for deceased members, deceased spouses of members, and deceased Columbian Squires at St. Mary’s Church, New Haven, Conn.
Insurance Program - Offers member, spouse, and children the opportunity to provide for their security and well-being. Rated AAA (Superior) by Standard & Poor’s and A++ (Superior) by A. M. Best.
Annuity Program - Enables member and spouse to provide for retirement and build an estate through tax-deferred savings.
Long-Term Care Insurance - Enables members and their spouses to safeguard their assets and afford the care and assistance needed later in life.
Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit - Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost.
Orphan Benefit - $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families, up to $7,000 in college scholarships are available.
Family Fraternal Benefit - For eligible families: a) for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18.
New Member Plan - A low-cost whole life policy to new members and their spouses upon joining the Order.
Widow Benefits - a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase insurance, annuities, or Long-Term Care up to one year after insured member’s death; c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.
Scholarships/Fellowships - Six different college scholarship programs for members and their families; two different graduate fellowship programs; and scholarship programs for seminarians.
Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Fund - Provides tuition only scholarships to Catholic colleges up to $25,000 per year for children of members killed or permanently and totally disabled from military service in armed conflict, or from criminal violence while performing duties as full-time law enforcement officer or full-time fireman.
Leadership Development - Opportunity to build personal leadership skills through active involvement in the Order’s unique structure, supported by Knightline/Program Supplement: fraternal newsletters mailed to state and local council officers and chairmen.
Fourth Degree - Eligibility of Third Degree members to join the Patriotic Degree.
Honorary Life Membership at Age 70 - After 25 years of continuous service, member merits this distinction and no longer need pay dues.
Catholic Information Service - Opportunity for member and family to avail themselves of a variety of literature on Catholic faith and spirituality.
Membership Card - Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal, and social activities in member’s council and also in over 15,000 councils throughout the world.
Family Activities - Eligibility for recognition in Orderwide “Family of the Month/Year” program and participation in a wide variety of local family events.
Athletic Programs - Participate in annual council, state, and international golf, bowling, and softball tournaments; many councils sponsor teams in a variety of sports.
Youth Programs - Opportunities for your children to participate in a variety of youth-oriented programs such as the Columbian Squires, a leadership training program for young men under council sponsorship.
Are You Ready to Take the Next Step? Members are encouraged to attend a once a month meeting on the second Tuesday of every month and dues are just $35 annually. We invite you, as a practical Catholic man, to become part of the Order of the Knights of Columbus. Please contact us to fill out an application, or find a local council in your area.