How do I become a Knight?

What are the requirements to join the Knights of Columbus?

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See.

What is a practical Catholic?

A practical Catholic 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.

What are the membership dues for Council 8072 (Westlake Village Knights)?

Dues are currently only $45 per year.

This include dues to the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and they cover both the member’s state and supreme membership fees. If a member transfers to a local council, the dues are pro-rated to that council. Debit cards and credit cards are accepted as forms of payment by the Supreme Council.

How to initially join as a Knight?

To become a 1st Degree Knight of Columbus (There are 4 Degrees), you must:

  • Be a male who is at least 18 years of age and a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.
    Contact your local Knights of Columbus council and express your interest in becoming a member.
  • Attend a meeting or recruitment event held by the council.
  • Fill out an application form and submit it to the council for review.
  • Participate in a 1st Degree initiation ceremony. This is a simple ceremony that introduces you to the basic principles and objectives of the organization.

During the 1st Degree initiation ceremony, you will take an oath of allegiance to the Knights of Columbus and receive a rosary and a lapel pin as symbols of your membership. After completing the first degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in higher degree ceremonies, which provide additional opportunities for service and leadership within the organization.

To remain a member in good standing with the Knights of Columbus, you will need to pay annual dues and participate in council activities and charitable events.

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