Fraternal Benefits

Fraternal Benefits of Belonging to the
Knights of Columbus:

Insurance Program: Offers member, spouse and children the opportunity to provide for their financial well-being and security.

Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit: Free accidental death coverage for member and spouse.

Family Fraternal Benefit: For eligible Families: a)pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days: b) pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception: c)Guaranteed issue of $5,000 of insurance to any child under age 18.

Scholarships/Fellowships: Six different college scholarship programs for members and their families: three different graduate fellowship programs and fellowship programs for seminarians.

Matthews & Swift Educational Trust Fund: Provides full scholarships to Catholic colleges for all children of members killed from military service in armed conflict, or from criminal violence while performing duties as full-time law enforcement officer or full-time fireman.

Fourth Dgree (Patriotic Degree)
Honorary Life Membership
Catholic Information Service
Familty Activities
Orphan Benefits
Tax-Deferred Annuity Programs
Daily Mass Rememberence
Youth Programs
“and many more

About the Knights of Columbus

Our Beginnings : A Sanctuary

The Knight of Columbus,founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, was chartered by the State of Connecticut in March of 1882 as one of the first Fraternal Benefit Societies, in America. After his Ordination into the Priesthood, by James Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore, Maryland, Father McGivney began his pastoral work at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in New Haven Connecticut. Almost immediately he recognized the need in society to provide a financial safety net for the poor and needy immigrant families of late 19th century New England. He sadly discovered that his parish families, most of whom lived in unsanitary conditions and performed hazardous jobs for poor pay were often forced apart upon the death of a breadwinner. Father McGivney saw that in order for the Catholic family unit to remain together, during these times of distress, an alternative was necessary. Since life insurance was made unavailable to immigrant families, even to those few who could afford to pay for it, Father McGivney formed Council #1 of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s, in New Haven. Those first thirty men, upon the death of a brother Knight, each contributed One Dollar to the family of the fallen member thus giving the family a chance to stay together and survive.

From those humble beginnings, the Knights of Columbus has grown to include over 1.6 million Catholic men and their families, in almost 12,000 councils worldwide. In 2001 the members of the KofC donated over $116 million dollars to charitable causes and over 52 million man-hours of community service to their neighbors.

The Knights of Columbus continues to grow and thrive all while publically supporting our clergy and confidently proclaiming all of the beliefs that make our Catholic Faith so dear.

“Have your Family join Our Family”

Mission of the Knights of Columbus

 “rendering financial aid to its members, their families and beneficiaries of
members and their families:”

 

“rendering mutual aid and assistance
to its sick, disabled and needy members
and their families:”

 

“promoting social and intellectual intercourse among its members
and their families:”

 

“promoting and conducting educational, charitable, religious, social welfare,
war relief and welfare and public relief work
.”

 

From the Charter of The Knighs of Columbus granted by the State of Connecticut. Adopted at the January Session, 1882; approved
March 29, 1882.

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