Why Become a Knight

The Knights of Columbus Council 9916 (KoC9916) are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.   

There are a few different avenues you can take on applying for membership.  You can contact the Parish office, or see any member of the council here at All Saints for an application.  You can also use the contact page for more information.  

 

There are many benefits you will receive as a Knight.  First and foremost you will have the right to join their top-ranked  life insurance program  You will receive 12 free issues annually of Columbia, the world’s largest Catholic family magazine and many more family and personal benefits.

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Join the Knight as an E Member

If you feel you are not ready to join and proceed through the different steps to full Knighthood then maybe the E-Membership would be more appealing to you at this time.   Simply click on the E-Membership link and fill out the simple form.  This membership will allow you to take advantage of the many great benefits the Knights of Columbus offer their members.  It also will allow you to attend any council meeting and partake in that council's activities.  The one item that you will not have is the right to vote at the council meetings.  This membership is a very good starting point for some in the organization and if you decide to become a full knight that can be taken care of at a council meeting.  For complete information on this membership again follow the E Membership link provide above in this section as well on the Links page.

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights were formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

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The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity, to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless. In 2016, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 18th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from $175 million in 2015 to a new total of $177,500,673 in 2016. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2016, volunteering more than 75 million hours of service.

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