Fraternal – First and Foremost
Throughout history, fraternal societies have grown and flourished for many reasons. Some promoted social integration for their members, others provided economic security to members and their families through the sale of insurance. Some of these fraternal societies came into existence to strengthen common ties of a religion among their members while others served to give social status to their members.
The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney as a society to promote fraternity among Catholic men. That fraternity – the sense of brotherhood among members and the families of members – remains, along with its Catholicity, the defining characteristic of the Order's identity.
To maintain a strong, friendly and fraternal atmosphere among Knights and their families, councils should conduct programs that build camaraderie and pride in membership. These fraternal programs don't have to be complex.