The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization dedicated to serving the community, defending the Faith and promoting the vocations of our Catholic Church (including married and consecrated life). It is open to all men over the age of 18.
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action. Moreover, in the Knights of Columbus, we approach these acts of charity together.
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.”
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us.
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.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens.
“Jesus said, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.'” -Matthew 28:19