Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have the time to join?

A.  Yes. You can be as active as your time allows.  Many members participate in less than 5 events or charitable drives a year.  No one will judge your dedication by how often you help, only by the effort you make while helping.

Q. I don’t attend Mass every week.  Is that a problem?

A.  No member of the Knights will ask you about your church attendance.  We hope that you grow stronger in your faith by being a Knight, but recognize that work and life often interrupts our best intentions to practice our faith.

Q. What is a Sponsor and do I have to have a Sponsor?

A.  A sponsor is a member of the council that proposes your membership to the Council.  You do not have to have one. In the event you do not, an officer will speak with you and act as your proposer.

Q. What does it cost to Join?

A.  Membership is inexpensive at approximately $50/Year.

Q. How can I join the Knights of Columbus?

A. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to males 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics. If you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, please complete our online form and a Knight in your area will contact you.

Q. What is a practical Catholic?

A. 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.

Q. I don’t have time to join another organization; why should I join the Knights of Columbus?

A. 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.

Q. Do I have to purchase Insurance to become a member?

A. 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.

Q. What are the “degrees” of Knighthood?

A. 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.