Welcome to the Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias of the Domain of Illinois

The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, DC, by and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress.

Justus H. Rathbone
Domains of the Order exist in most states and provinces, and subordinate lodges are located in many cities and towns across the United States and Canada.

Please take a look around our website. If you are interested in joining, please use the"Contact Us" page.

The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias and its members are dedicated to the cause of universal peace.

Pythians are pledged to the promotion of understanding among men of good will as the surest means of attaining Universal Peace.

We believe that men, meeting in a spirit of goodwill, in an honest effort of understanding, can live together on this earth in peace and harmony.

We seek those who agree with this belief, and have a belief in a personal Supreme Being, to join our ranks in an effort to reach "Peace Through Understanding".

Pythian Principles


The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias promotes cooperation and friendship between people of good will.

Pythians know one way to happiness is through service to mankind.

Pythians believe that friendship is an essential ingredient in life.

Pythians make Benevolence, Kindness, Generosity and Tolerance a reality in their lives.

Pythians place home ties at the top of their priority list.

Pythians are interested in public affairs on the local, state or province, national and international levels.

Pythians are eager to enhance the communities in which they live.

Pythians respect and honor the law of the land in which they live.

Pythians seek to expand their circle of influence by association with people of like interests and energy

  Our social and charitable activities are directed towards enhancing the great principles of the Order - FRIENDSHIP,  CHARITY, and BENEVOLENCE. These principles are adhered to very strongly through contributions of money, time, efforts and supplies to Pythians and non-Pythians alike. The eventual aim and goal is the betterment of mankind.