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Benefits of Membership

Some of the many benefits and opportunities that Knights of Columbus members and their families enjoy:

  • COLUMBIA MAGAZINE – Free subscription to the Order’s monthly magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families.
  • KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS ROSARY – Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the First Degree exemplification to each new member.
  • DAILY MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH – Mass for deceased members and their wives, and deceased members of the Squires program, at birthplace of the Order.
  • INSURANCE – Portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families.
  • FAMILY FRATERNAL BENEFIT – For eligible families: a) Pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) Pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) Offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18.
  • ORPHAN BENEFIT – $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available.
  • MEMBER/SPOUSE FRATERNAL BENEFIT – Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost.
  • WIDOW BENEFITS – a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance, or annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS – Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children.
  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organization skills, etc.
  • FOURTH DEGREE – Eligibility to join the “Patriotic Degree.”
  • HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP at Age 70 with 25 years of membership.
  • MEMBERSHIP CARD – Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in nearly 13,000 councils throughout the world.
  • ACTIVITIES – FAMILY/YOUTH/RELIGIOUS/SOCIAL/ATHLETIC – Participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by local councils.
    • For more information: http://8386.KofC-USA.org
    • and/ or to JOIN us: Contact
    • Don Rowley  928-499-1043   rowleydonald@gmail.com
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    Types of Membership

    Catholic men 18 years of age or older who join the Knights belong to a council, or local unit. Many 18 to 22 year olds first join the Knights of Columbus in a college council. 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.

    Members who have been in the Knights for six months and have attained Third Degree membership are eligible to join the Fourth Degree Knights.

    The Knights of Columbus also sponsors the Columbian Squires, a service and leadership training organization for Catholic young men ages 10 to 18 years old.

    Prospective Member Q & A

    On this page:

    1. I don’t have time to join another organization; why should I join the Knights of Columbus?
    2. What are the requirements?
    3. What is a practical Catholic?
    4. Explain what Degrees are.
    5. Do I have to purchase Insurance to become a member?

    1. I don’t have time to join another organization; why should I join the Knights of Columbus?
    As a Knight you can choose the projects with which you wish to be involved in within your own community. What is more, the Order is dedicated to family life and the many benefits it offers. From insurance to scholarships to service and social activities and programs, all are open to the whole family.

    Come see just what we are all about and take the first steps to enhance your personal life by viewing the segment, “Why Join?

    2. What are the requirements?
    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.

    3. What is a practical Catholic?
    A practical Catholic 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.

    4. Explain what Degrees are.
    There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order’s core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

    5. Do I have to purchase Insurance to become a member?
    No; unlike many fraternal organizations one does not become a member by purchasing insurance. In the Knights of Columbus a man has to be a member before he may avail himself of the insurance benefit. Purchasing insurance is optional, however; the life insurance and long-term care insurance products offered by the Order are not only competitively priced, they are among the most solid and highly rated products available anywhere. Standard & Poor’s and A.M. Best, the leading independent agencies that rate insurance companies, give K of C insurance their highest ratings.

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  • For more information and/ or to JOIN us: Contact
  • Don Rowley, 928-499-1043, rowleyDonald@gmail.com
  • Tom Warner ,GK, 928)227-1282,   tdwarner@hotmail.com

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