Since our founding in 1882, the primary mission of the Knights of Columbus has been to protect families from the financial ruin caused by the death of the breadwinner. In the beginning, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney and his fellow Knights “passed the hat” to benefit widows and orphans. From that humble start, the Order has grown to include top-rated life insurance, long-term care insurance and retirement products. With more than $80 billion of insurance in force and a full-time field force of more than 1,400 serving our members and their families, we are proudly fulfilling Fr. McGivney’s vision.
Knights of Columbus Membership Benefits
- Our members and their families enjoy fellowship at many social events that include religious observances, fund drives, dinners, and youth activities. Aside from the numerous personal rewards that come from being a Knight, here is a list of the many tangible rewards for you and your family:
- Columbia Twelve free issues annually of the world’s largest Catholic family magazine—Catholic family evangelization at its best!
- 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, New Haven, Conn.
- Insurance Program Offers member, spouse, and children the opportunity to provide for their security and well-being. Rated 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 Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost.
- Orphan Benefit Monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families, as well as college scholarships are available.
- Family Fraternal Benefit For eligible families: a) for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) offers guaranteed-issue insurance to any child under age 18.
- New Member Plan A low-cost whole life policy to new members and their spouses upon joining the Order.
- Widow Benefits a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase insurance, annuities, or Long-Term Care 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/Fellowships Six different college scholarship programs for members and their families; two different graduate fellowship programs; and scholarship programs for seminarians.
- Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Fund Provides full scholarships including net expenses to Catholic colleges for children of members killed or permanently and totally disabled from military service in armed conflict, or from criminal violence while performing duties as full-time law enforcement officer or full-time fireman.
- Leadership Development Opportunity to build personal leadership skills through active involvement in the Order’s unique structure, supported by Knightline/Program Supplement: fraternal newsletters mailed to state and local council officers and chairmen.
- Fourth Degree Eligibility of Third Degree members to join the Patriotic Degree, one year after initiation into Order.
- Honorary Life Membership at Age 70 After 25 years of continuous service, member merits this distinction and no longer need pay dues.
- Catholic Information Service Opportunity for member and family to avail themselves of a variety of literature on Catholic faith and spirituality.
- Membership Card Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal, and social activities in member’s council and also in over 12,000 councils throughout the world.
- Family Activities Eligibility for recognition in Orderwide “Family of the Month/Year” program and participation in a wide variety of local family events.
- Athletic Programs Participate in annual council, state, and international golf, bowling, and softball tournaments; many councils sponsor teams in a variety of sports.
- Youth Programs Opportunities for your children to participate in a variety of youth-oriented programs such as the Columbian Squires, a leadership training program for young men under council sponsorship.
The best way to learn about insurance and financial products is by arranging a visit with a local field agent. Your agent can custom design an insurance program to meet your current needs, help you plan for the future or simply explain the many fraternal benefits that come with membership. To contact the agent in our district visit Edward O’Keefe’s page on this site here.