Knights of Columbus
Monsignor Peter E. Blessing Council 5273

Membership

Knights of Columbus Organization Overview

The Knights of Columbus was founded in New Haven, CT, in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney. It was formed as a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society to provide members and their families with mutual aid in the event of sickness, disability, or premature death. Today, the "K of C" carries on the vision of Fr. McGivney through its top-rated Life Insurance program and its organizational directives of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. For more information, visit http://www.kofc.org/.

Why Join the Knights of Columbus?

Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.

Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

For an inspiring look at what it means to be part of the Knights of Columbus, see the video introduction, "In Service to One. In Service to All" (running time, 32 seconds).

Our eight-page Overview Booklet (pdf, 415k) gives additional information about what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Hear what Knights have to say in their own words about their membership in the world's largest Catholic family service organization. "Experience of a Lifetime" (running time, 10:59 min.).

Who can join?

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. 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.

How can you join?

If you are interested in joining, we encourage you to speak to any one of our members to find out more about our council. Please email us at coventryknights@verizon.net to indicate your interest.

Benefits of joining

The way many of our members see it, the primary benefit of joining our council is that you are part of a group of men who are not only fun to be around, but are serious about their commitment to their faith, family, and fellow man. However, being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

By joining, you will also receive Columbia magazine, the world's most widely distributed Catholic family magazine. In addition, you are eligible to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked insurance program.

Msgr. Peter E. Blessing K of C Council 5273, P.O. Box 1470, Coventry, RI 02816
- serving Coventry, West Greenwich and West Warwick since 1962 -