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5 Reasons to Join the Knights of Columbus

5 Reasons Why Every Catholic Man Should Join the Knights of Columbus

This month’s “Knights Korner” is from a blog post by Tom Perna posted on 10/11/13 at tomperna.org.

Last month, Pope Francis met with the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus at the Vatican. During his remarks, he said, “I am pleased to welcome the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of your meeting in Rome. I thank you once again for the prayers which you, and all the Knights and their families, have offered for my intentions and the needs of the Church throughout the world since my election as Bishop of Rome.

On this occasion I also wish to express my gratitude for the unfailing support which your Order has always given to the works of the Holy See ... May prayer, witness to the faith and concern for our brothers and sisters in need always be the three pillars supporting your work both individually and corporately. In fidelity to the vision of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, may you continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel and a force for the spiritual renewal of society.”

If you are a Catholic male over the age of 18 (or know of one) and not in the Knights of Columbus, I hope the five reasons below will encourage you to join this great fraternal organization of the Catholic Church that is founded on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

1. The Heartbeat of the Knights of Columbus is Service.
The Knights are one of the largest charitable organizations in the world. Through a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, the Knights raise financial support for many charities. The service aspect of the Knights encompasses the Church, Community, Council, Family, Pro-Life, and Youth.

2. The Knights of Columbus Support the Catholic Church
because the order is composed of a fraternity of 1.8 million Catholic men. From the founding of the Knights of Columbus by Venerable Michael J. McGivney, the Knights have been a foundation of support for the Catholic Church.

3. The Knights of Columbus are Pro-Family.
Since the traditional family is composed of the husband, wife, and children, the Knights see them as the core, foundation, and fabric for all of society. Realizing that the youth are an integral part of society, the Knights seek to foster the development of the child from adolescence to adulthood. Asking for the intercession of the Holy Family is at the center of prayer for the Knights when it comes to family life.

4. The Knights of Columbus are strongly and devoutly Pro-Life.
Following the teachings of the Catholic Church, they believe that Life begins at conception and ends in natural death. The Knights are also major supporters of the March for Life in Washington, DC, the National Prayer for Life Campaign, the Ultrasound Initiative, and the Culture of Life Fund.

5. The Knights of Columbus are Faithful to the Catholic Church
by being obedient to the teachings of the Church, its Bishops and Priests, and showing fidelity to the See of Peter. As faithful Catholics, the Knights foster and develop Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life, and Holy Matrimony. Standing with the Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus also fight for Religious Liberty, which is being threatened here in the United States, and across the globe still to this day.

Want to Learn More About the Knights of Columbus?
For more information on the Knights of Columbus and the work we do, please check out the K of C website at kofc.org. For more information on Elder Council #1195, visit our website at elderkofc.org or call Grand Knight Fred Bowling at 513-239-2602.

All men and women are invited to stop by our next Social meeting the third Tuesday of the month. We meet in our council hall in the basement of the Parish Center at 7:15pm.