Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.
All priests and religious brothers having duly made application for membership and participated in the ceremonials become honorary life members of the Order and are exempt from payment of dues.
Candidates join local units, called “councils,” most of which are based in one Catholic parish, or in the community at large. The candidate takes part in initiation degrees that explain the Knights of Columbus’ four principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
A candidate is considered a “Knight” after taking his First Degree, but he is encouraged to advance through the Second and Third Degrees and on to the Fourth Degree, whose members promote the virtue of patriotism by serving in honor guards, color corps and promoting respect for country and the flag.
Knights of Columbus have a proud heritage. The qualified Catholic man can share in this heritage and build for an even greater future by affiliating himself with this forceful, effective fraternal organization.
How to Join
Candidates interested in joining the Knights of Columbus should contact their local Council to meet with the Council’s admissions committee. Dallas Council 799 conducts admissions process using a mandatory Orientation meeting that is required for all new and transfer candidates. The orientation meetings are casual information meetings to learn more about the Order, the local Council, and to meet with some current members. Attending an orientation meeting is not a commitment to join, and is not a guarantee that the candidate will be accepted.
Orientation meetings are generally held every second Monday of the month, beginning at 7pm at the KayCee Club downstairs boardroom. Candidates should contact the admissions committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the orientation meeting date and for any other questions.