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The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader’s cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading Knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans.
Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the Most Blessed Trinity.
The Globe – God the Father, Creator of the Universe.
The Cross – God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind.
The Dove – God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity.
The colors of the symbols are:
A blue globe with the land of the Western Hemisphere in white.
A red cross with gold borders and gold knobs at the end of the points forming the ends of the arms of the cross, also known as the Isabella cross.
A white dove.
Red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which the Knights originated. They are used to stress patriotism, the basic principle of the Fourth Degree.
Online members can participate and then transfer into your council. The transfer details can be handled afterward. If an online member wishes to remain in the Online Division (Council), his wishes should be respected.
State deputies will direct the implementation of the new ceremony and the phase out of the old ceremonies within their jurisdictions. The old ceremonies may still be conducted if your state deputy allows. A final date for complete termination of the old ceremonies will be determined by the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors.
With the simplicity of this ceremony, the decision was made that no certification would be required. The grand knight and district deputy are charged with making sure the ceremonial script is being adhered to. However, this would not prevent existing conferring officers and ceremonials directors from assisting as mentors and guides for the implementation of the new ceremony.
Encourage First and Second Degree members to participate in the Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. These members should also be invested with a rosary and lapel pin, even though they received them at their First Degree ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, they are Third Degree members.
There is no pledge of secrecy in this ceremony. How do members handle the promises they made during the original ceremonials?
Promises made in previous ceremonies should be honored.
The new ceremony is open to guests, including the family and friends of current and new Knights.
The future of our Order depends upon growth, and to grow, we need a way to join that is inviting and accessible. The new combined ceremony removes the barriers of secrecy and commitment of time that inhibited many from joining our ranks. It also eliminates redundancies and presents the lessons of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in a more clear and convincing way.
The Knights of Columbus Insurance program is available to members of the Order and their families. Practical Catholic males, age 18 or older, are eligible to join.
By purchasing a life insurance policy and paying premiums you ensure that when you die, your beneficiary (or beneficiaries) will receive a lump sum, also known as a death benefit.
Your life insurance needs depend on your current and future financial obligations. Your field agent who is also a brother Knight is available to meet with you at your convenience and analyze the needs of you and your family.
With over $100 Billion of life insurance in force, $24 Billion of assets under management, and 42 consecutive years of superior ratings for financial strength from A.M. Best*, you can be confident in the guarantees that you receive from the Knights of Columbus.
*Currently rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best
Dividends – which are not guaranteed – are a portion of earnings the Order has left over after paying expenses and setting aside the necessary amounts to assure that future benefits are fully funded. Dividends develop from favorable experience, such as people living longer than expected or from interest earnings higher than those guaranteed in their policy.
A policy rider is an additional benefit under an existing insurance policy that provides additional coverage.
Keep in mind that even if you already have life insurance coverage with your employer, your coverage may not be enough, your employee benefits are not guaranteed, and if you leave your company, you cannot take your life insurance with you. It’s important to review your insurance policy periodically to make sure it still meets your financial needs.
A fraternal benefit society is a membership-based nonprofit organization that offers its members numerous fraternal benefits, including insurance products.
Knights of Columbus members and their families have exclusive access to our top-quality life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance and annuity products. In addition to our strong, secure products, there are Family Fraternal Benefits that can help our members facing unique needs. Click here to learn about our membership benefits.
A beneficiary is the person (or persons) who will receive the proceeds of your life insurance policy when you die.
A rate class is a risk category assigned by the company based on your health and medical records. Your rating class will help determine the premium on your life insurance policy.
A premium is the amount of money you pay for your insurance policy. Premiums can be fixed or flexible, depending on your coverage.
Term insurance provides affordable protection to your loved ones for temporary needs and is designed to expire as your financial obligations expire. Our term insurance rates are guaranteed for the life of your policy, as is the amount of money that would be paid to your family should you pass away.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal benefit society, with more than 1.9 million members in over a dozen countries. Founded by a priest to help provide financial aid to Catholic families, the Knights of Columbus is now one of the largest life insurers in North America. The Knights of Columbus also helps support a multitude of charitable causes. In the last decade, the Order has given more than $1.55 billion to charity.
We have always maintained very high standards for the investments we make, putting our assets only into investment-grade bonds and the highest-quality equities. We do not invest in junk bonds or in risky investment instruments.
Our unwavering commitment to our Catholic faith and to the Catholic families entrusted to our care also means that we must do business the right way. As a matter of principle, we will not invest in companies that deal in abortions, contraception, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, for-profit health care that pays for any of the aforementioned, and pornography.
Whole life is a permanent life insurance product that provides money to your family when you die, and builds cash value while you live. Permanent life insurance is guaranteed and a great way to provide security for your family.
The colors of our emblem also carry great significance: red for our faith in Christ, blue for hope, gold for the joy of service, and white for charity. Together, the elements of our emblem convey our dedication to serve in Christ’s name.
Ax – a symbol of strength, authority, and preparedness for duty.
Anchor – the mariner’s symbol for Columbus, patron of the Order, for hope and steadfastness.
Sword – the medieval knight’s weapon on an errand of mercy and justice.
The Silver Rose program is now continuing as scheduled. Live-streamed prayer services remain the recommended option for the program. Councils should continue to abide by any local civil or diocesan guidelines currently in place. Participating councils should contact the appropriate district or state leadership, such as the state silver rose chairman, for their jurisdiction’s route details and guidelines.
Every stop the Silver Rose makes throughout the pilgrimage is a rosary-centered occasion for Knights, parishioners, and community members to pray for respect for life.
A Higher Purpose
Share the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe and promote respect for life by participating in this meaningful pilgrimage. The Silver Rose program demonstrates the unity between Knights of Columbus in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, through a series of prayer services promoting the dignity of all human life and honoring Our Lady.
Each year, from early March through mid-December, Silver Roses are stewarded by Knights of Columbus councils along routes from Canada to Mexico. Every stop the Silver Rose makes throughout the pilgrimage is a rosary-centered occasion for Knights, parishioners, and community members to pray for respect for life, for the spiritual renewal of each nation, and for the advancement of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Yes! Council-based membership is the best way to experience the Idaho Knights of Columbus. Prospective members can join local councils just as they always have. Online Members can transition to local council membership, just as members from other local councils may transfer today. Transferring involves completing a membership form (Form #100) and going through the council admissions process. This includes meeting with council leaders and taking the First Degree ceremonial.
Members who join online (“Online Membership”) are members of the Knights of Columbus who have not yet taken a First Degree or been admitted to a local council.
As a member, like all members of the Knights of Columbus, you will have the right to purchase insurance on yourself, your spouse, and any dependent children. You will receive Columbia magazine, the free accidental death benefit (age restrictions apply), and are eligible for participation in the family fraternal benefit. You may also attend select local and state council events that are promoted by your state division.
Online Membership was designed to allow eligible Catholic men to join the Knights of Columbus online, through a streamlined, optimized process. Online Membership provides you with a digital membership experience, which will help you to grow as a Catholic man and a Knight.
As a Knight, you can choose the projects to be involved in within your own community. You will receive regular updates from your state council regarding news and events in your area and be presented with frequent opportunities to work alongside brother Knights in local councils.
No, you are not. When you join online you will not belong to a local council at first. Instead, you will become a member of the Knights of Columbus state division in your state of residence.
The qualifications for Knights of Columbus membership, as contained in Section 101 of the Laws of the Order, are:
- Only practical Catholics in union with the Holy See shall be eligible and entitled to continue membership in the Order.
- An applicant for membership shall not be less than 18 years of age on his last birthday.
Guidelines have been established to assist in determining the practical Catholicity of an applicant or member. These guidelines will assist the grand knight in performing his duties when serving on the council’s admission committee.
These guidelines include:
- A practical Catholic accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals,
aspires to live in accordance with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing with the
- A practical Catholicstrives to have a greater knowledge of the teaching of Christ and his Church, and to
accept, respect and defend the Church’s authority (vested in the Supreme Pontiff, the hierarchy and clergy
united with him) to teach, govern, and sanctify the faithful.
- A practical Catholic gives material and moral support to the Church and her works on all levels, promoting the programs of the parish and diocese and coming to the aid of the missions, the needy and the underprivileged; supports and advances the just causes of minority groups; endeavors to eliminate unjust discrimination, prejudice,etc.; and supports the Church in her defense of marriage and family life.