St. Theodore Guerin Council 14057
St. Alexander Parish Palos Heights, Illinois
(708) 448-4861 Ext. 400
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing
Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18
years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the
Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church.
Please contact Fran Pendergast, Membership Chairman, at (708) 923-9984,
or send e-mail to
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic
family fraternal service organization with nearly 2 million
members. It provides members and their families with
volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church,
their communities, families and young people.
Knights are committed to daily prayer, weekly Mass, and building a community of faith.
This is the Knights of Columbus difference, knowing that you are backed by a band of brothers
in the quest to become better Catholic men. Your membership gives you access to faith-building
materials that will help you draw closer to God and lead with faith.
The history of the Knights goes back to
Oct. 2, 1881 when a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church
on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut, called together by their
29-year-old parish priest. The Knights of Columbus was founded by
Father Michael J. McGivney who wanted to provide a way to care for the
widows and orphans left behind when a family breadwinner died.
On March 29, 1882, the Connecticut state legislature officially chartered
the Knights of Columbus.
There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts
a lesson on the Order's core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Living according to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism,
Knights work in local parishes and internationally to make the world a better place each day.
Since 1882 Knights have been leaders in charity and Catholic fraternity.
Becoming a Knight will change your life and the life of your family.
As a Knight of Columbus you receive a wealth of resources to help you grow in
your faith and become a better Catholic man, as well as access to Catholic news
and first-rate financial protection.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family
enjoy many benefits,
including 12 free issues annually of the
Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family
magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus
top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and
Purchasing insurance is optional. However, the life insurance and long-term care
insurance products offered by the Order are not only competitively priced, they are
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Your membership card entitles you to participation in a variety of programs and activities
in not only your home council but also in over 15,000 councils throughout the world.
As a brother Knight you have the opportunity to build personal leadership skills,
public speaking ability, and organizational skills while serving your parish,
your Church, and your community.
Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for
membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the
Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by
promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty
to the Knights' respective countries through active
membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called
Our council is associated with Samuel Cardinal Stritch
Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as
honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity
that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of
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