Our Founder Our Saint
Why Join the Knights?
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The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.
Father McGivney’s founding vision for the Order also included a life insurance program to provide for the widows and orphans of deceased members. The Order’s insurance program has expanded substantially to serve more effectively the Knights’ growing membership. The Supreme Council is the governing body of the Knights of Columbus and is responsible for the development of the organization as a whole. Supreme Council duties include establishing the Order in new regions and setting up regional authorities, defining and advancing its values and goals, undertaking organization-wide initiatives, promoting awareness of the Knights’ mission worldwide, and protecting the families of members through its extensive insurance program. Members working in local or subordinate councils, however, carry on the majority of the Knights’ work
Knights of Columbus
Called Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus founder,
Father Michael J, McGivney’s cause for sainthood is being considered at the Vatican, and the Pope declared him a
venerable servant of God on March 15 2008.
Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney would be first American born priest to be declared a saint.
O great and glorious God, you imbued your holy priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, with deep priestly virtue and especially with pastoral concern for the poor, the orphan, the widow,
for the Christian education of youth, for the protection of the faith of the
working man of his day.
Now that his priestly ministry continues to spread to countless millions throughout the world through the efforts and influence of the Order of the Knights of Columbus, which Father McGivney founded, we beseech you, Heavenly Father, to raise your faithful servant, Michael, to the honors of the altar. We ask this favor through our Lord Jesus Christ and His holy mother, Mary and our mother.
Who are the Knights?
Knights are Catholic men and their families, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting the needs of their church.
The Knights of Columbus is the largest international Catholic lay organization with
1.9 million members.
Our Founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882
In today’s world, many Catholic men are looking to fulfill their desire to spend meaningful time with their family, serve their community and their Church, and to grow in their faith.
Joining the Knights of Columbus provides these men and their families with volunteer opportunities and activities that accomplish these goals. If you are such a man who is dedicated to making a difference, then membership in the Knights of Columbus is for you.
Our membership is open to busy family men with limited free time to full time volunteers. You choose your involvement.
Additionally, the Knights of Columbus also offers a portfolio of top quality life insurance, long-term care, annuity and mutual fund products exclusively for members and their families.