you a practical Catholic man as understood by the Church and 18 years old
or older? Then it's obvious - we want you to join the Knights of Columbus!
"But what's in it for me?" you might be asking. As a member of
the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits. Among
- Columbia Magazine
- As a member you receive free each month a copy of the world's largest
Catholic magazine featuring articles on family life and many other issues
important to Catholic families today; columns on the faith and the Church;
and important news about the Order.
- Daily Mass Remembrance
- Mass is offered daily for deceased members of the Order at the Knights'
Altar at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut, birthplace of the
Knights of Columbus.
- Insurance Program
- The Knights of Columbus life insurance program offers the member, his
wife and his children the opportunity to provide for their security and
well-being in the future through one of the strongest, soundest and safest
insurance societies in North America. K of C insurance has received the
highest ratings that can be given, AAA (Superior) by Standard and Poor's
and A++ (Superior) by A.M. Best.
- Annuity Program
- Offers the member and his spouse an opportunity to provide for retirement
and build an estate through tax-deferred savings at attractive interest
- Member-Spouse Fraternal Benefit
- Accidental death coverage for a Knight and his spouse at no cost, provided
both he and his council are in good standing.
- Orphan Benefit
- Provides monthly allotment and eligibility for college subsidies for
orphans of eligible families.
- Family Fraternal Benefit
- For eligible families pays $1,500 for a child who dies before the age
of 61 days; pays $750 for a child stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception;
and offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age
- New Member Plan
- Offers to a new member and his spouse an opportunity to apply for a
low-cost whole life certificate.
- Widow Benefits
- The widow of a member continues to be covered under the Member-Spouse
Fraternal Benefit; may purchase insurance or annuities up to 90 days after
an insured member's death; receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia;
and is eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.
- There are seven different college scholarship programs for members
and their families; three different graduate fellowship programs; and scholarship
programs for seminarians.
- Matthews/Swift Educational Trust
- Through this fund, full scholarships (tuition, board and expenses)
to Catholic colleges are given to children of members killed or permanently
and totally disabled from military service in armed conflict, or from criminal
violence while performing duties as a full-time law enforcement official
or full-time fireman.
- Student Loans
- Available to the member, spouse and children as well as to all pursuing
a religious vocation.
- Leadership Development
- Each member has the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills
by actively participating in the Order's unique structure, supported by
the newsletters, Knightline and Program Supplement, mailed
18 times a year to state and local council officers and program chairmen.
- Fourth Degree
- One Year after becoming a First Degree Knight, a member is eligible
to join the Fourth Degree, the patriotic degree. Since its establishment
in 1900, members have provided honor guards for religious and civic functions.
They are distinguishable by their official regalia of tuxedos, capes, chapeaux
- Honorary/Honorary Life Membership
- At age 70 after 25 years of continuous service, a member may receive
special distinction as an honorary life member and is no longer required
to pay annual dues. At age 65, after 25 years of continuous service, a
member can request honorary status which reduces dues obligations to $10
- Catholic Information Service
- Makes available a wide variety of literature on the Catholic faith
- Membership Card
- This card entitles a member to participate in all Catholic, fraternal
and social activities in his own council as well as in those of the nearly
11,000 councils throughout the world.
- Members, families and the general public may visit the Knights of Columbus
Headquarters Museum and Archives in New Haven. On the same floor as the
museum is the Holy Family Chapel, where mass is offered daily.
- Christopher Fund
- This special partnership between the Supreme Council and individual
state councils enhances a state council's ability to fund worthy charitable
causes in the state. The Supreme Council matches the state council's funds,
dollar for dollar, up to $5 per member. Each year interest earned on the
total corpus (combined Supreme and state funds) is available to the state
for distribution to the charity or charities of the state's choice.