Who are the knights? The Knights of Columbus is a men’s Catholic fraternal organization founded by Fr. Michael McGivney on March 29,1882. The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. Why do we Recruit? To grow our Order in the council. To grow our Order in the Community. To address the needs of the Church. To strengthen Catholic family life. To defend the dignity on human life. To fulfill Fr. Michael McGivney’s Dream. Membership Benefits As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the 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. All Knights receive the following benefits: COLUMBIA MAGAZINE – Free subscription to the Order’s monthly magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families. KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS ROSARY – Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the First Degree exemplification to each new member. DAILY MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH – Mass for deceased members and their wives, and deceased members of the Squires program, at birthplace of the Order. INSURANCE – Portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families. FAMILY FRATERNAL BENEFIT – For eligible families: a) Pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) Pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) Offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18. ORPHAN BENEFIT – $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available. MEMBER/SPOUSE FRATERNAL BENEFIT – Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost. WIDOW BENEFITS – a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance, or annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc. SCHOLARSHIPS – Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organization skills, etc. FOURTH DEGREE – Eligibility to join the “Patriotic Degree.” HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP at Age 70 with 25 years of membership. MEMBERSHIP CARD – Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in over 14,000 councils throughout the world. ACTIVITIES – FAMILY/YOUTH/RELIGIOUS/SOCIAL/ATHLETIC – Participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by local councils. Supreme Council Web Site - History, insurance information, news, online booklets, videos, audio files, etc that are available to all knights. Know Your Faith - Catholic Information Services Know Your Faith - Catechism of the Catholic Church Know Your Faith - Catholic Prayer and Devotions Bookclub/Bookstore Columbia Online - includes archives of past issues RSS feeds for: Knights of Columbus News Releases Articles from the online edition of Columbia, including monthly messages from Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson and Supreme Chaplain William E. Lori. Transcripts of the live monthly online discussions on selections to The Supreme Knight’s Book Club. Catholic Information Service Hart and Veritas Podcasts RSS feeds are available through iTunes. (iTunes feed) Or you can use other podcast aggregators such as Add to Google or Add to My Yahoo!. Some aggregators may call for our file. Nebraska State Council Web Site - news, calendar, and activities from the state of Nebraska. Employment and Small Business - Council Members are allowed to view employment listings provided by other council members and to advertise their small business and personal services.

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