Our Principles

Keeping us focused and on track!

When we are in the throws of life, it is easy to loose the big picture.  This especially true for us as men, and especially true for us as Knights. As a Knight you can be involved in a whole number of things, but forget the basics.  Thank goodness we have these four basic principles that help us keep focused and on track.  Remind yourself of them now and then. 

FRATERNITY

Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 73.5 million service hours in 2015, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.

CHARITY

UNITY

PATRIOTISM

Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by doing such activities like conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies, and by a host of other projects. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.  
None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.   
Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

Did you know....

in 1954, lobbying by the Knights of Columbus helped convince the U.S. Congress to add the phrase "under God" to the   Pledge of Allegiance. President Dwight Eisenhower wrote to Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart thanking the Knights for their "part in the movement to have the words 'under God' added to our Pledge of Allegiance".

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​​​Similar lobbying by the Knights convinced many state legislatures to adopt October 12 as Columbus Day, and led to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's confirmation of Columbus Day as a federal holiday in 1937.[110] In the 1980s, the Knights supported an amendment to the United States Constitution permitting prayer in public schools.​​