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 can join online: Join Free for First Year  This link generates a contact for our Dallas Council membership chairman; The Great 799 conducts our admissions process using a mandatory orientation meeting for all new and transfer candidates. The orientation meetings are casual, informational 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, nor is it a guarantee that the candidate will be accepted to Council 799.

Orientation meetings are generally held every second Monday of the month, beginning at 7 pm at the KayCee Club downstairs boardroom. Candidates can also contact the admissions committee by emailing to confirm the specific upcoming orientation meeting dates and times or for any other questions.