Knights of Columbus
We are an organization of dedicated individuals—1.6 million members strong and growing. An organization that, since 1882, has embodied the selflessness of man as it has helped overcome the problems of the world: poverty, ignorance, apathy which are things which imperil not only a single individual, but the whole of humanity.
We are men of faith, comprising over 12,000 Knights of Columbus councils at home and overseas. Guided not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but by our belief in each other, and in ourselves.
We are the Knights of Columbus believing that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God, and as a leader in his community and believing that a man is more than simply a man when he bears the title of “Knight.”
The works we do are informed
by our four core principles:
Charity Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need.
Unity None of us is as good as all of us. So we stick together. That doesn’t mean we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families.
Patriotism Members of the Knights of Columbus, are proud of their devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations