Knights of Columbus

St. Theodore Guerin Council 14057
St. Alexander Parish   •    Palos Heights, Illinois   •    (708) 448-4861 Ext. 400

  


How To Join
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 Grand Knight Bill Rogers at (708) 671-1955, or send e-mail to kofc14057@gmail.com.

Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.9 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Fr. Michael McGivney 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.


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 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 personal benefits.

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 among the most solid and highly rated products available anywhere. To learn more about Knights of Columbus insurance please read the Field Agent's Report.

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 "assemblies").

Our council is associated with Samuel Cardinal Stritch Assembly #205.

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 Columbus.

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