Our Order

The Knights of Columbus is a world-wide Catholic fraternal organization of over 1.7 million members. In 2007, the Knights raise a record $144.9 million for various charities while promoting the unity of Catholic men and their families.  Knights strive to practice those values in which they believe: faith, hope, charity, and patriotism. Ours is an organization which seeks to promote the forces of life and hope.

Our council offers a myriad of great opportunities for male Catholic men. Our organization is perfect for honing your leadership skills, helping out people in need, improving you faith, and developing relationships that will last a lifetime.  Not only do we offer you a chance to reach out and make a difference in this world, but you will be able to enjoy the fellowship of the other brothers in our council. In our brotherhood you will be able to meet men from all walks of life. Many are already successful in their careers and could offer valuable advice to you. There are plenty of opportunities for fellowship and growth.

Visit the Supreme Council website at www.kofc.org.


The Patriotic Degree

Another degree open to members of the Knights of Columbus is that of the Fourth or Patriotic Degree. On February 22, 1900, the first exemplification of that degree was held in New York City. The ritual added patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: charity, unity, and fraternity. 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. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing. 

Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity which has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus organization.


Several members of Council 10209 are also members of the Bishop Louis J. Reicher Assembly 1099.


Our Emblem


The emblem of the order dates from the Second Supreme meeting, May 12, 1883, when it was designed by James T. Mullen, who was then Supreme Knight. 

A quick glance at the emblem indicates a shield mounted upon the Cross of Malta. The shield is that associated with a Medieval Knight. The Cross of Malta is the representation in a traditionally artistic design of the Cross of Christ through which all graces of redemption were procured from mankind.  This then represents the Catholic Spirit of the Order.

Mounted on the shield are three objects, a mace standing vertically, and crossed behind it, an anchor and a dagger or short sword. The mace from Roman days is symbolic of authority which must exit in any tightly bonded and efficient operating organization. 

The anchor is the mariner's symbol for Columbus, Patron of the Order, while the short sword or dagger was the weapon of the Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy. Thus, the shield expresses Catholic Knighthood in organized merciful action and with the letters K of C proclaims this specific form of activity.

The red, white, and blue in the background of the shield and foreground of the Cross of Malta are the colors of our beloved country. As such, Red is the symbol of the stout-hearted courage, of pulsing activity, and a full measure of devotion. Blue is the symbol of hope, of calm tranquility under God, and of confidence in the protection of our country, established under God. White is the symbol of nobility of purpose, of purity of aim, and of crucible-tried ideals to be carried out. But there is another symbolism of color red, white, and blue. This is the ecclesiastical symbolism in which red becomes the reflection of the drops of Christ's redemptive blood shed upon Calvary, and of the martyr's blood shed in defense of the faith.

Red is then the symbol of Faith, of belief in Christ, in the redemption, and in the mission of every man to spread the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.  White is the color of the Eucharistic Host, pledge of God's Eucharistic presence among men, of the infinite love God had for man and of the overwhelming affection which God-man had for each individual. White is then the symbol of Christ-like Charity. Blue is the color of our Lady's mantle, in which she draped her beloved Son, through whom came salvation to a sinful world. Blue is then the symbol of Hope.