Why Join the Knights?

In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith, and to provide for Catholic families in times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.

Guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity, members of the Knights of Columbus work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. We are a growing organization — nearly 2 million members — and for over 130 years, we have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows and orphans in our local communities.

Joining the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to our community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our portfolio of top-quality insurance products to financially protect your family. Our council conducts many programs that support our parish and community including:

  • Various prayer and Eucharistic adoration programs
  • Participating in the Coats for Kids and Food for Families programs
  • Encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life
  • Fundraising for those with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Providing support for our parish food pantry
  • Raising funds for the Right to Life ministry 

But joining our council does not mean that you need to sacrifice quality time with your family. In fact, volunteering an hour here or an hour there with your family can make an enormous impact in your life and in the lives of others.

If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and familial relationships, growing in your faith, and gaining exclusive access to top-quality insurance protection for you and your family, then joining  our Knights of Columbus council gives you the way to achieve these goals.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member 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, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

For information on joining the Knights of Columbus, please contact

Membership Director Ed Keller at (704) 773-6333, or via email at ekeller4940@gmail.com