BECOME A KNIGHT
How to become a Knight
Gentlemen are sponsored into the Knights of Columbus by a current Knight, often someone they know from their parish or from a community event.
If you do not have such a contact, Council #3744 has a Membership Director who is available to provide you with any information you need, answer your questions, introduce you to a qualified sponsor and prepare you for the 1st Degree (admission) into the Knights of Columbus.
Please contact me:
Chris Lopez PGK
Membership Director, Council #3744
310-305-4028 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Why you should become a Knight
Being a Knight of Columbus can transform your life, giving you opportunities to support your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program to protect your family.
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Knights are a band of brothers, a global network of "Practical Catholic Men" dedicated to unselfishly serving God, our church and our neighbors.
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What the Knights of Columbus provide
- Support the parish with its needs
- Help meet the needs of those in the local community
- Aid victims of natural disasters and other catastrophic events, local and worldwide
- Provide scholarships to our local students
Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Knights are men who get things done. We volunteer our time to serve our parishes and our communities. And by working together, we were able to donate more than $1.4 billion and 664 million volunteer hours to worthy causes in the past decade.
- A unique “band of brothers”
- Shared values and the support to live out our Catholic faith more fully
- The ability for our network to accomplish things together that we could not accomplish alone
Unity and Fraternity are the second and third principles of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus was founded so that men could work together to serve their parishes and communities, protect the well being of their Catholic families, and support each other in faith and in many other ways along life’s journey. The Knights of Columbus offers its members the opportunity to grow in their faith through living the example of a charity that evangelizes and personifying what it means to be a Catholic gentleman through the practicing of good works.
- Exclusive access to our top-rated life insurance products, available only to members and their families
- Your insurance agent is a Knight dedicated to helping his brother Knights protect their families
As a Knight, you and your family have exclusive access to our top quality insurance products. In fact, no insurer in North America is more highly rated than the Knights of Columbus. As an organization founded to protect the well being of Catholic families, we have continued to take that mission seriously for more than 130 years. Generations of Catholics have counted on the Knights of Columbus, and in an increasingly turbulent world, you can trust the Knights of Columbus to affordably and securely protect the future of your loved ones and to be there when you need us most.
The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving the world around them, one community at a time. They stand together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles they cherish while lending their support and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight.
From charity for worldwide causes, to helping closer to home with volunteer activities, to a top-rated insurance program that protects those closest to you, the Knights makes the most of its brotherhood. Make a stand among them, and you can discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and that of others.
Fourth Degree Knights
On February 22, 1900, the first Fourth Degree exemplification or degree ceremony was held in New York City. The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship. Today there are some 300,000 Fourth Degree Knights out of the total 1.6 million member Knights of Columbus.
Local units, called assemblies, draw their members from Knights of Columbus councils. The qualifications for membership in the Fourth Degree are: membership in the Knights for at least one year and being a Third Degree Knight.
A Fourth Degree Knight may become part of the assembly's Color Corps. These members are recognized widely by their distinctive attire of tuxedo, feathered hat (chapeau), cape and sword. These members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, and at ecclesial functions at Catholic churches. The various colored capes and chapeau feathers denote different officer positions within the Fourth Degree.
Father Emil Kapaun Council #3744 Fourth Degree Knights belong to the Father Hawe Assembly #045. Meetings for the Father Hawe Assembly are held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8:00pm at Knights of Columbus Council #1990 Los Crusados Hall, 214 Avenue I, Redondo Beach, CA.