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Becoming a Knight 


Membership in the Knights 


Since 1882, membership in the Knights of Columbus has been open to men 18 years of age or older who are "practical" (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. Since that time, the Knights of Columbus has understood "practical catholic" to mean a Catholic who accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

Upon the acceptance of applicant, he becomes a formal member by initiation into the First Degree. He can advance through the Second, Third and finally the Fourth Degree. A candidate is considered a Knight after taking his First Degree. The candidate is considered a full Knight upon completion of the Third Degree.  Fourth Degree members, known as Sir Knights, promote the virtue of patriotism by serving in honor guards, color corps and promoting respect for country & flag. Initiation ceremonies for each degrees explain one of the four principles of the organization: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. 

There are modest initiation fees and dues. The insurance privileges are available to all members who qualify and offer an important membership advantage. Membership in the Knights of Columbus offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same belief, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbors. Programs and activities are organized to appeal to the individual interest of our council members and the needs of St. Mary Magdalen parish.

24 Hour Knight


Today’s man faces many commitments!  From his family to his work place, there are constant calls on his time.

You may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t really have much time to give to the Knights. So why should I join?” Know that you are not alone in this and consider reading on for a possible answer.


This is the most common concern among prospective members. Considering there are 8,760 hours in a year, by giving just 24 hours to the Knights of Columbus, he would make a positive impact on his life, his community and his Church. In less than one percent of a year, you would become be a better father, a better husband and a better steward of the community.

Even with a minimal commitment you could be an important part of our Council and reap the benefits of what our membership has to offer you and your family. Here is a breakdown of the time commitment needed for you to become a 24 Hour Knight: 


12 Hours a Year

Reading your parish bulletin, the state & local newsletters, Columbia magazine and surfing the Council, State and Supreme Council’s web sites.


2 Hours a Year

Volunteering at your Council’s annual drive for people with intellectual disabilities.


2 Hours a Year

Attending (with your family) 2 Council Corporate Communions or Prayer Services in your parish.


2 Hours a Year

Serving on a Council sponsored church, community, family or youth project of your own choosing.


2 Hours a Year

Attending two Council meetings.

4 Hours a Year

Enjoying (with your family) a Council social function such as: a picnic, a dinner or sport event.

So you see, this time commitment of joining the Knights of Columbus is not as intimidating as you might think. Just think of the difference the Knights of Columbus could make if you and more men like you joined us.

Become a Knight


To learn more about becoming a Knight in our St. Mary Magdalen Council, click here

Visit the National Knights of Columbus website.


Visit the Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus State Council website.

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