Becoming a Member
Welcome and Thank You for taking an interest in the Knights of Columbus! Please continue through this page to learn more about our organization and all that we do.
What is the Knights of Columbus All About?
The Knights of Columbus was started in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut by Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for Canonization is currently being considered by the Vatican. From its humble beginnings, our fraternal Order has grown into the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. It is our goal to offer membership to every eligible Catholic man. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
The 14,000-plus local Knights of Columbus councils are where our good works are carried out every day. Our 1.8 million members and their families, through their involvement in their local councils, are working for the betterment of their parishes and communities. We hope that you and your family will soon join them.
Who are the Knights of Columbus?
Did you know that it only takes pdf 24 hours a year to be an active Knight (619 KB) ?
pdf Click here to find out how only 24 hours a year can make a huge difference (619 KB) . We all have busy lives and hope that you will be able to join us with only a commitment of 24 hours per year. If you want to contribute more, that is always welcome, as many hands combining together make light work of doing good in the world. The 24 hour time commitment includes activities such as spending time with your fellow Brother Knights at Council meetings, charity events, family social events and much more. Simply click on the link above to get the full picture and when you are ready, proceed below to get more information on joining the Knights of Columbus.
Are you ready to receive more information from you local Council? Simply click here and it will take you to a simple form to fill out and submit: