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Become a Knight

Our Principles

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. 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.   

Unity – 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.   

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 75.6 million service hours in 2017, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.

Patriotism – 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.


The Knights of Columbus offers membership to practical Catholic men age 18 and older. The Knights of Columbus is a Family orientated organization, striving to Unite and Strengthen family bonds through Faith and Fun.

Candidates who join through the E Membership program will belong to the Ontario State Council.


E Members are invited to transfer to a Local Council where at that time they will take part in Welcoming Ceremonies which will further explain our Four principles of the order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

E Members will have access to an online portal designed specifically for them with info on events in Ontario, online spiritual activities, and an online monthly newsletter. E Members can also if they so choose, attend local meetings. As an E Member you, your wife and children can volunteer your time to a local Council to help with their programs. Councils hold various types of activities revolving around six categories: Church, Community, Family, Youth, Pro-Life, and Council. You are always welcome to attend and if you so wish, help out without being a member of the local Council. It is an opportunity to see the benefits of joining the local Council and getting to know the Brothers of the Council.

After signing up online you are considered a Brother Knight. With your entrance into the order, you will receive access to all the benefits given to you by joining.

Each month you will receive:

  • Our Columbia magazine detailing the charitable work being done throughout the Knights of Columbus.

  • You will receive a Welcome package from our Supreme Knight and a Knights of Columbus Rosary blessed by our Supreme Chaplain Bishop William E Lori.

  • You will receive no cost accidental life insurance, and Family Fraternal and Orphan Benefits.

  • Access to our Scholarship program for members, spouses, and children.

  • Access to one of the strongest and top-rated insurance companies in the world. Which has won numerous awards for a most ethical company.

  • Plus, many more benefits just for joining. Join now for free by using the code BLESSEDMCGIVNEY

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