Benefits of Membership
- Columbia Magazine - Free subscription to the Order’s award-winning magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families
- Knights of Columbus rosary - Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the Admission Degree to each new member
- Daily Mass of Remembrance - at St. Mary’s Church. Mass for deceased members and their wives at the birthplace of the Order
- Insurance Access - to a portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care and annuity products exclusive for members and their families
- Family Fraternal Benefit - For eligible families: a) pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) offers guaranteed-issue insurance - up to $5,000 - to any child under age 18
- Orphan Benefit - $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available
- Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit - Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost
- Widow Benefits - a) continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) may purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance or
annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.
- Scholarships - Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children
- Leadership Development - Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organizational skills, etc.
- Fourth Degree - Eligibility to join the Patriotic Degree
- Honorary Life Membership - At age 70 with 25 years of membership\
- Membership Card - Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in member’s council and also in over 15,000 councils throughout the world
- Activities - participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by your council
Since 1882, membership in the Knights of Columbus has been open to men 18 years of age or older who are "practical" (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. Since that time, the Knights of Columbus has understood "practical catholic" to mean a Catholic who 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, i and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.