Knights of Columbus


THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, with more than 1.76 million members serving in over 13,400 Councils throughout North America, Central America, the Carribbean, Asia and Europe. Support for the Catholic Church in faith, community, family, youth and fellowship are the hallmarks of Knights of Columbus activities at all levels of the Order. 

Every year, the Knights average over 5 million visits to the sick and bereaved, give over 300,000 donations of blood, contribute over 50 million volunteer hours of community service and offer over 5 million hours of labor for sick and disabled members. Over the past decade, the Knights have donated more than $1.28 billion to numerous charitable causes and volunteered over 612 million man-hours of service. 

For more information 
please contact 

Grand Knight George Drake

Cell:   (415) 756-7631

Eligibility for Membership 

You must be a practical Catholic male.

You must be 18 years of age.

You must take the Honors of the First Degree of the K of C

Why become a Knight? The Benefits...

The Member/Spouse Accidental Death Benefit

The Family Fraternal Benefit

The Orphan Benefit

Columbia Magazine

K of C Rosary

Daily Mass of Remembrance at the St. Mary’s Church


New Member Plan

Widow Benefits


Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Fund

Leadership Development

Fourth Degree

Honorary Life Membership

What are the costs to get involved?

A small one-time Initiation Fee

Nominal Annual Membership Dues set by the Local Council.

Organizational Structure

The K of C headquarters is located in New Haven, Connecticut, the birthplace of the Order.

Our Society is governed by the Supreme Council.  This top legislative body meets annually in August to vote on resolutions that set policy for the Order.

International affairs are administered by an elected board of Directors under the Chairmanship of the Supreme Knight.

Elected State Officers operate the State Councils.  They administer the programs and activities under the guidance of a State Deputy who is the highest ranking State Officer,

The District Deputy represents both the Supreme Knight and the State Deputy in an area known as a District---which is made up of several Councils.  He is appointed by the Supreme Knight based on the recommendation of the State Deputy.

The highest ranking officer at the local Council level is called the Grand Knight.  Along with the other officers, He is elected each year by the members of his Council.

Council Officers, Grand Knight, District Deputy, State Deputy, Supreme Directors, Supreme Officers, Supreme Knight---There’s a place for you in the K of C.  If you would like to be a K of C Officer, you can be…how high you go is completely up to you.  BUT IT ALL STARTS HERE---BY BECOMING A NEW MEMBER.  JOIN TODAY.


  • To support the Church
  • To build fraternal bonds through social, religious, educational and athletic activities
  • To provide comfort and assistance to sick, disabled, and needy members and their families
  • To reach out to meet community needs through programs of Charity and Service 
  • To provide for the Financial Security of our members and their families through our fraternal insurance program

The Service Programs (Each program has its own committees)



The K of C was organized in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut.  Since the founding, the Order of the K of C has grown to become an internationally known and respected Catholic organization.  Today there are more than 14,000 Councils throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, The Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Saipan.

Stability and Strength

The great STRENGTH of the K of C is the 1.9 million plus members throughout the world.  Members that provide over 70 million volunteer hours to service and administer the objectives, goals and activities of the order in more than 14,000 plus local Councils.

Our STABILITY is based on the four Principles of Charity…Unity…Fraternity…and Patriotism. These Pillars of Stength are further stabilized by our Insurance in force that is over $90 Billion.