Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world’s largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.
We hold many events throughout the year including Church Activities, Youth Activities, Family Activities, Community Service and Council Activities.
How do I Join?
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.
Contact Les Kostera, Membership Director, at (414) 418-7409 for more information on becoming a member.
Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.
Currently most of our 4th Degree Council members are also members of the St. Josephat’s Basilica 4th Degree Link to Assembly 3210 website in Milwaukee, WI. Contact Gary Zebron, Faithful Navigator (414) 525-0681 for more information.
The Ladies Auxiliary’s main function is to SUPPORT the men and the council. They do this primarily by providing help at events/activities, cooking for events/activities, and providing monetary assistance. They also generally help with setting up and beautifying the hall for events.
The Ladies Auxiliary meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at the KC Clubhouse. Contact Diane Fritsch at (414) 481-5028 for more information.
Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires’ activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.
We currently do not have a Squires Circle in our Council.