Membership in the Knights of Columbus

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Activities. The opportunity to participate with your family in all of the Council 1183, State, and International level activities.
  • Columbia. Twelve free issues annually of the world's largest Catholic family magazine -- Catholic family evangelization at its best!
  • Quarterly subscription to the Council 1183 newsletter, containing updates on Council 1183 activities.
  • Rosary Program. A free Knights of Columbus rosary is given to new and readmitted members.
  • Daily Mass Remembrance. Mass offered daily for deceased members, deceased spouses of members, and deceased Columbian Squires at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Widow Benefits. Widows of members in good standing at the time of their death continue to be covered under the Member & Spouse Fraternal Benefit, may purchase life and long-term care insurance and annuities for up to one year after an insured member's death, receive a free lifetime subscription to Columbia, and remain eligible with her children for the Order's scholarship programs.
  • Leadership Development. Opportunity to build personal leadership skills through involvement in the Order's unique structure, supported by Knightline & the Program Supplement, fraternal newsletters mailed to state and local officers and chairmen.
  • Fourth Degree. Eligibility of Third Degree members to join the Patriotic Degree, one year after initiation into the Order.
  • Honorary Life Membership at Age 70. After 25 years of continuous service, a member merits this distinction and no longer is charged dues.
  • Catholic Information Service. Opportunity for the member and his family to avail themselves of a variety of literature on Catholic faith and spirituality.
  • Membership Card. Entitled participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in the member's Council and in over 13,700 Councils throughout the world.
  • Family Activities. Eligibility for recognition in the Orderwide Family of the Month program and participation in a wife variety of local family events.
  • Athletic Programs. Participate in annual council, state, and international golf, bowling, and softball tournaments.
  • Insurance benefits

  • Insurance Program. Offers member, spouse, and children the opportunity to provide for their security and well-being. Rater AAA Superior by Standard & Poor's and A++ Superior by A.M. Best.
  • Annuity Program. Enables member and spouse to provide for retirement and build an estate through tax-deferred savings.
  • Long Term Care Insurance. Enables members and their spouses to safeguard their assets and afford the care and assistance needed later in life.
  • Member & Spouse Fraternal Benefit. Automatic enrollment in free accidental death coverage of up to $2500 for member and spouse.
  • Spousal Waiver. When both husband and wife are covered by a Knights of Columbus life insurance certificate, and one partner dies, the other partner's insurance will be continued free of premium.
  • Orphan Benefit. $80 monthly allotment for orphans of famililes covered by a Knights of Columbus life insurance certificate, where at least one parent was covered by a Knights of Columbus insurance certificate with an annual premium of $150 or more than $5,000 of coverage, with up to $7,000 in college scholarships available.
  • Family Fraternal Benefit. Pays $1,500 for a child who dies before the age of 61 days, pays $750 for a child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception, and offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18, provided that the parent and all prior children are covered by Knights of Columbus life insurance.
  • New Member Plan. A low-cost whole life policy to new members and their spouses upon joining the Order.