The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of men dedicated in our Catholic faith. Its purpose is religious, namely, to provide charitable community services based on tenets of the Catholic Church and to support the ministry of the Catholic Church.
Four Principals guide our service to community:
We strive to overcome the hardships of poverty, unemployment and persecution of our faith through service to our youth, family, Church and community. Membership in the Knights of Columbus provides opportunity for wholesome association with congenial companions who are, first of all, practical Catholic gentlemen. It offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same belief, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbor and who stand side by side in defense of those beliefs. Programs are so organized as to appeal to the individual interest of the members. Through many constructive activities of Christian fraternity, members are enabled to render service to their Church, their country and their fellowman. Through membership they develop a consciousness of their ability to lead and to assist.
The Knights are organized in Degrees of membership and broken down into Councils and Assemblies. At St John's 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees make up Council 6478 and those of Assembly 2044 comprise the 4th degree.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who shall not be less than 18 years of age on their last birthday. These men strive to live up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Applications are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. Every knight is happy to propose eligible Catholic men for consideration as members.
Acceptance of the applicant depends upon a vote of the members of the 3rd degree council in which he is making application.
All priests and religious brothers having duly made application for membership and participated in the ceremonials become honorary life members of the Order and are exempt from payment of dues.
Application for membership must be made through our 3rd degree Council 6478. If favorably voted upon, the applicant becomes a member by initiation known as the 1st Degree. He subsequently is advanced through the 2nd & 3rd Degrees.
There are modest initiation fees and dues set by subordinate councils under regulations established by the Supreme Council. The insurance privileges are available to all members who can qualify, which represents an important advantage of membership. For men in every walk of life the name Knights of Columbus engenders the image of a united organization, efficiently going about it tasks of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the priesthood. It is composed of men who are giving unselfishly of their time and talents in service of God and their country.
Organized Columbianism, united behind the individual Knight of Columbus, provides the power of an intelligent, alert body of Catholic men--a strength which the individual by himself cannot achieve.
Knights of Columbus has a proud heritage. The qualified Catholic man can share in that heritage and build an even greater future by affiliating himself with this forceful, effective body.
Another degree open to members of the Knights of Columbus is that of the 4th (or Patriotic) degree. On February 22, 1900, the first exemplification of that degree was held in New York City. The ritual added patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: charity, unity and fraternity. Any 3rd degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his 1st degree, is eligible for membership in the 4th degree. The 4th degree assembly that encompasses St John's is Assembly 2044.
The primary purpose of the 4th 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 4th degree groups called assemblies. 4th degree members must retain their membership as 3rd degree members in the local council to remain in good standing.
Certain members of the 4th degree serve as honor guard members at civic and religious functions, they wear "full regalia" on those occasions an activity which has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus organization.
Each year the 4th degree sponsors two Collage Scholarships for graduating High School Seniors. In the past, two scholarships have been awarded, each for $500.00. For updated information on the current year scholarship, please contact the KofC 4th Degree Faithful Navigator - see his name, phone number and email at the top right of this webpage under "Contact."
The KofC Ladies Auxiliary is both a social and charitable organization of Catholic and non-Catholic women who are wives, mothers, daughters or sisters of a Knights of Columbus who are in good standing.