Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal benefit society, with more than 1.9 million members in over a dozen countries. It was founded by a simple parish priest named Father Michael J. McGivney, to help support the spiritual life of men, and provide financial aid to Catholic families.  Made up of local councils, the Knights now is a huge, world-wide fraternity of Catholic men determined to be an active force for Christ in the world. 

2. How can I join the Knights of Columbus?

 If you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, the best thing is to talk to our Membership Director, Sam Crowl. His contact information is on the "Membership page of this website.  Any Knight though is ready to be of assistance. Just ask!

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

This is a huge and very common question, given the complexity of our lives today and the demands of on our time.  As a Knight you can choose the projects with which you wish to be involved in. We of course encourage you to become involved, otherwise it is like joining a country club that you have no inteniton of using.  It is up to you, though, as to how much you want to be involved. The Knights say that a good minimum goal is 24 hours a year.  We realize that life changes, and so do the demands of our time.  You will not regret, though, giving it the time you do!

4. I am busy with raising young kids and a family. Aren't the Knights something better to do when I retire? 

Nothing could be further from the truth.  The time to get involved with the Knights is now; when God calls.  Participation in the Knights will be incredibly helpful where ever you are in your life - as a single man or as a married man, with kids or without, in college or retired, working as a day laborer or as a CEO.  Membership in the Knights is especially helpful for young fathers. The Knights offer a fraternity of support to help you in your life of raising your children. The Knights are also helpful in the support you and your wife can get as a married couple. You are able to draw on the wisdom and model of men who have been there and who walked that path, or who are walking it now. Don't wait for later. 

5. What are the requirements?

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

6. What is a practical Catholic?

A "practical Catholic" is, very simply, one who accept 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.

7.  Do I have to be perfect to be practical?

Far from it! The members of the Knights are nothing else than men on the journey. We realize that we are weak, human vessels, but called to greatness and the greatest adventure of life.  What is great about the Knights is that it takes us from where we are, worts and all.  It then gives us the means to grow in the virtues modeled in Christ - humility, hope, love, and courage. 

8. What if I am not a "practical Catholic" at the moment?

Believe it or not, that is not that uncommon. Many men who come to the Knights might be coming back to the Church after a long absence.  Many are still not used to going to Mass every Sunday. Many are divorced and not sure if they are welcome back in the Church.  The best thing to do in this case is to speak to a Knight you know, or to our council Membership Director. They can help you begin to get your life in order as a practical, active Catholic.

9. Do I have to be a member of Sacred Heart Parish to join Council 8659?

No; though Sacred Heart parish is the 'hosting parish' where the councl meets, we have members from a whole variety of parishes - from St. Andrews, St. Irenaus, St. John Fisher Chapel, and St. Thomas More. Any and all are welcome!

10. I heard that St. Thomas More is a "Round Table" parish of Council 86759. What does that mean?

The Parish Round Table Program was designed to help a parish have a Knights of Columbus presence when they are not yet able to support a full council.​​​  Men from St. Thomas More join Council 8659 to participate in council projects in Sacred Heart and their own parish. A Parish Round Table serves a parish in any number of ways. However, the ultimate aspiration of any Parish Round Table remains the same: "To actively engage Knights of Columbus members in order to aid the parish and sustain visible Catholic action through works of charity." 

11. Do I have to purchase the Knights' Insurance to become a member?

No; unlike many fraternal organizations one does not become a member by purchasing insurance. In the Knights of Columbus a man has to be a member before he may avail himself of the insurance benefit. 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. Standard & Poor's and A.M. Best, the leading independent agencies that rate insurance companies, give K of C insurance their highest ratings.

12. Who do I contact within the Sacred Heart Council 8659 for more information or to become a member?

You can speak to any Knight you know and he will help you in the process.  But our person in charge of new membership is our Membership Director, ​Sam Crowl. Sam can be reached at [email protected], or by phone at (248) 828-7481. Don't put it off. Give Sam a call!
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​"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you."

Matthew 7:7 (New Living Translation)