Monsignor T. J. McCarthy
Council 9252
Mitchell, Ontario


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Why Join the Knights of Columbus?









Who can be a Knight?
Catholic men who are 18 or older.

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Why should become a Knight?
If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.
Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to support your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program to protect your family.
These are just some of the reasons to become a Knight.
We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbour.
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What are the different degrees?
Knights have four different principles or "degrees" as they are commonly called. These four principles are Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Each principle is presented to members as a degree of membership. For example, men just joining the Knights of Columbus become "First Degree" Knights while focusing on Charity. We encourage all Knights to obtain higher level degrees as soon as possible after the First Degree. The Fourth Degree, Patriotism, requires a one year waiting period after a Knight first joins the Knights of Columbus.
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How did you pick the name "Knights of Columbus"?
When the Knights of Columbus were formed in 1882, they selected Christopher Columbus as the namesake for the organization. For many members of that council, America was a new world. Columbus was well known as a strong Catholic gentleman who was brave and bold. Columbus was knighted by the King and Queen of Spain, a Catholic monarchy, who also financed his expeditions to the "new world." The concept of Knights came out of using Columbus as a model.
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How many people belong to the Knights of Columbus?
There are 1.7 million members worldwide. In Ontario there are over 510 Councils and close to 57,000 members. Our local council has about 60 members.
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What do you do?
The Knights of Columbus are an active part of our church, Catholic education, and our community.
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What does it cost to join?
There is no charge to become a member. Members do pay annual dues. Dues go to support the ongoing operation of the council and our fundraising activities.
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What is Honorary Life Member?
After 25 years of membership, and age 65, members are considered "Honorary Life Members."
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What is a Life Member?
After 25 years of membership, and age 70, members are considered "Life Members."
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Where do you meet?
Our council chambers are in the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Hall, Mitchell. This is where our monthly business meetings are held.
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What are your activities?
Please refer to our Activities page for details of the various activities in which our council participates.
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Is there a time commitment required of members?
No. We like to have our members participate in at least one activity and attend one business meeting each year, but there is no time commitment.
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I am not sure I have time right now to join.
Some potential members want to really jump in if they join. However, they think about waiting until "things slow down." A creed of the Knights of Columbus is: "Life is short, remember death." There is no time like the present to join the Knights of Columbus!
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