FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. I don't have time to join another organization; why should I join the Knights of Columbus?
eMembership was designed to allow eligible Catholic men to join the Knights of Columbus online, through a streamlined, optimized process. eMembership 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. eMembers 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.
6. How does eMembership differ from membership in a local council?
Members who join online (“eMembers”) 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.
7. What are the membership dues/fees for members who join online?
eMembership 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.
8. Why eMembership?
This pilot program for joining the Knights of Columbus is the result of several years of research and reflection by the Supreme Council, which engaged state and local council leaders, as well as prospective members, through surveys and focus groups. This process identified several membership goals, including developing a new way to introduce men to the activities of our Order that would strengthen and benefit all councils and members.
This pilot program is currently available only in Alberta, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. During this pilot we will be testing the viability and success of this new join process.