Member Benefits

Aside from the numerous personal rewards that come from being a Knight, here is a list of the many tangible rewards for you and your family.

Annuity Program
Enables member and spouse to provide for retirement and build an estate through tax-deferred savings.

Athletic Programs
Participate in annual council, state, and international golf, bowling, and softball tournaments; many councils sponsor teams in a variety of sports.

Catholic Information Service
Opportunity for member and family to avail themselves of a variety of literature on Catholic faith and spirituality.

Twelve free issues annually of the world’s largest Catholic family magazine—Catholic family evangelization at its best!

Daily Mass
Remembrance Mass offered daily for deceased members, deceased spouses of members, and deceased Columbian Squires at St. Mary’s Church, New Haven, Conn.

Family Activities
Eligibility for recognition in Orderwide “Family of the Month/Year” program and participation in a wide variety of local family events, such as family Communion breakfasts.

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.

Fourth Degree
Eligibility of Third Degree members to join the Patriotic Degree, one year after initiation into the Order.

Honorary Life Membership at Age 70 After 25 years of continuous service, member merits this distinction and no longer need pay dues.

Insurance Program Offers member, spouse, and children the opportunity to provide for their security and well-being. Rated A++ (Superior) by A.M. Best, there is no more highly rated insurer in North America than the Knights of Columbus.

Leadership Development Opportunity to build personal leadership skills through active involvement in the Order’s unique structure, supported by Knightline/Program Supplement: fraternal newsletters mailed to state and local council officers and chairmen.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Enables members and their spouses to safeguard their assets and afford the care and assistance needed later in life.

Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Fund 
Provides tuition-only scholarships to Catholic colleges up to $25,000 per year for children of members in good standing who, while serving in the military forces of their country in a combat zone, (specifically designated as such by the Board of Directors), are killed by hostile action or wounded by hostile action resulting within two years thereof in permanent and total disability, and for children of members in good standing who are full-time law enforcement officers or full-time firefighters who, while in the lawful performance of their duties, are killed in the line of duty as a result of criminal violence directed at them. Applications must be filed within two years of the member’s death or (for servicemen) disability.

Membership Card
Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal, and social activities in member’s council and also in over 14,000 councils throughout the world.

Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit
Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost. (Details on reverse side.)

Orphan Benefit
$80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available.

Rosary Program
A free Knights of Columbus rosary is given to new and readmitted members.

Six different college scholarship programs for members and their families; two different graduate fellowship programs; and scholarship programs for seminarians.

Widow Benefits
a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit;
b) May purchase insurance, annuities, or Long-Term Care up to one year after insured member’s death;
c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia;
d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, etc.

Youth Programs
Opportunities for your children to participate in a variety of youth-oriented programs such as the Columbian Squires, a leadership training program for young men under council sponsorship.