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  • I don't have time to join another organization; why should I join the Knights of Columbus?

    Online Membership was designed to allow eligible Catholic men to join the Knights of Columbus online, through a streamlined, optimized process. Online Membership provides you with a digital membership experience, which will help you to grow as a Catholic man and a Knight.

    As a Knight, you can choose the projects to be involved in within your own community. You will receive regular updates from your state council regarding news and events in your area and be presented with frequent opportunities to work alongside brother Knights in local councils.

  • What are the requirements to join the Knights of Columbus?

    Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See.

  • What is a practical Catholic?

    A practical Catholic accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

  • If I join online, am I joining a local Knights of Columbus council?

    No you are not. When you join online you will not belong to a local council at first. Instead, you will become a member of the Knights of Columbus state division in your state of residence.

  • Can I join a local council?

    Yes! Council-based membership is the best way to experience the Knights of Columbus. Prospective members can join local councils just as they always have. Online Members can transition to local council membership, just as members from other local councils may transfer today. Transferring involves completing a membership form (Form #100) and going through the council admissions process. This includes meeting with council leaders and taking the First Degree ceremonial.

  • How does Online Membership differ from membership in a local council?

    Members who join online (“Online Membership”) are members of the Knights of Columbus who have not yet taken a First Degree or been admitted to a local council.

    As a member, like all members of the Knights of Columbus, you will have the right to purchase insurance on yourself, your spouse and any dependent children. You will receive Columbia magazine, the free accidental death benefit (age restrictions apply), and are eligible for participation in the family fraternal benefit. You may also attend select local and state council events which are promoted by your state division.

  • What are the membership dues/fees for members who join online?

    Online Membership dues are currently $30.00 per year across all jurisdictions. Dues are paid online to the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and they cover both the member's state and supreme membership fees. If a member transfers to a local council, the dues are pro-rated to that council. Debit cards and credit cards are accepted as forms of payment by the Supreme Council.


You feel called to do more, to be more. The Knights of Columbus has been helping men live out their faith since 1882. Discover our rich legacy and explore the many ways being a Knight can change your life!


Ready to become a Knight today? Join us in minutes with our simple online application. Get access to great resources to help you lead with faith, protect your family, serve others and defend your values.


Soon after you join, your local field agent --a brother Knight --will contact you to welcome you and talk about our history and your member benefits. If you're also interested in joining a local council, let us know, and we will help you begin the process.


Once you’re a member of the Knights of Columbus, you’ll have opportunities to get involved in charitable work, be able to keep up with issues important to Catholics, and find fraternal events near you, all through, our online portal.


Take the next step by joining a local council. Councils are active in their parishes and communities, organizing faith formation and charitable events throughout the year. With a council, you truly experience a brotherhood for good! Indicate you're interested in council life on your online application, and a local brother Knight will contact you to begin the process.





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