From the very beginning, a central focus of Father McGivney was the financial security of Knights and their families. Exclusively for members and their families, Knights of Columbus Insurance ranks in the top five percent of the approximately 2,000 insurance companies throughout North America.* In addition to exceptional financial protection, you’ll also get personal service from a trained insurance representative who’s a Knight just like you.

*Based on total value of assets, as published in the National Underwriter.

An organization like no other.

We are an organization of dedicated individuals—1.6 million members strong, and growing. An organization that, since 1882, has embodied the selflessness of man as it has helped overcome the problems of the world. Poverty. Ignorance. Apathy. Things which imperil not only a single individual, but the whole of humanity.
We are men of faith, comprising over 12,000 Knights of Columbus councils at home and overseas. Guided not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but by our belief in each other, and in ourselves.
We are the Knights of Columbus. Believing that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God, and as a leader in his community. Believing that a man is more than simply a man, when he bears the title of “Knight.”


As a service organization, the Knights of Columbus owes its many achievements to
the tireless efforts of those in local councils where the greatest impact is most often witnessed, both by our families and our neighbors. Whether it’s through the support of local athletic programs, sponsoring of special events, or even planning and hosting religious activities, Knights serve as valuable role models for other Catholic men, as well as mentors for all our children. And, hopefully, as a source of inspiration for future generations of Knights. Within the Order itself, there are four “Degrees” of Knighthood, each one meant to exemplify one of the four principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. To become a full Knight, each member is encouraged to attain the Third Degree level. After which, he can go on to the Fourth Degree, the one that embodies patriotism and is the most visible of all the Degrees. It is through their participation in these areas that Knights receive their greatest, and often most personal, rewards.

An immovable foundation.

In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney invited a small group of parishioners to gather in
the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. His goal was simple—to establish an Order that would unite men in their faith as well as help provide for Catholic families in times of need. It was in that humblest of beginnings that the Knights of Columbus was founded. Guided by four core principles—charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism—these founding members strove to overcome the hardships of the time. Poverty. Unemployment. Even persecution. Father Michael J. McGivney’s perseverance and foresight have resulted in the largest Catholic fraternal and humanitarian organization ever created. An organization that has endured for over a century because of the inspirational courage of so many.