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 send e-mail to

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Who are the Knights?
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.

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. 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 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.

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