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Membership Information

Who Are Knights
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

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, and eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program. A member and his spouse are automatically enrolled in an Accidental Death policy which will be worth $1,000-$2,500 depending upon the years of service and the member's age. The State Council and the Supreme Council offer scholarships available only to family members of Knights. Daily Mass is offered for all deceased members and their spouses at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, CT, the birthplace of the Knights of Columbus.

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.

4th Degree
Any Third Degree member in good standing, six 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

Below you will see the emblem for the 4th Degree. The triad features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader's cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading Knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans. Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the most Blessed Trinity.

The colors of the symbols are:

Red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which the Knights originated. They are used to stress Patriotism, the principle of the Fourth Degree.

4th Degree Logo

Ladies Auxiliary
The primary function of the Ladies Auxiliary's is to support the activities of the council through assistance with events; however, many times Ladies Auxiliaries hold activities of their own. They raise operational and charitable funds which they use independently of the council.

For additional information please click the Ladies Auxiliary link.


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Last Updated March 15, 2011