The Catholic University of America

  How to Join our Order?

           

We are always ready to welcome new members of our Order! In the meanwhile, you're invited to review our informational brochure!
 
Who can be a Knight?
 
Candidates must be:
(i) Male,
(ii) 18 years of age, and
(iii) A practicing Catholic in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church.
 
How do you join?

There are three steps that must be completed in order to join the Knights of Columbus:
(i) an application (KoC form #100),
(ii) an interview with the officer board, and finally
(iii) the first-degree ceremony initiation.

We also host interest meetings for candidates each semester! Feel free to contact Chancellor Joseph Basalla if you are interested or have any questions!

 
What do we do?

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. 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, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that 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 top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our 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 and are amongst the greatest citizens.

(from http://kofc.org/un/en/about/principles/index.html)

 
What is the time commitment?
We hold our business meetings twice a month on Sunday evenings, have Mass & Rosary every Monday at 10:30 PM in St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, and host a variety of other Service, Pro-Life, Church, and Fraternal opportunities throughout the semester! Participate in as much as you are comfortable with— it is always better for 30 men to do one hour of service than having one man do 30 hours of service!