OUR FOUR PRINCIPLES
Our Catholic faith teaches us to "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives, donating to local soup kitchens and food pantries, volunteering for the community, and supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith In God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer everyday.
Unity means none of us is as good as all of us. This principle helps Knights realize their true potential as Christian brothers and the sacred power of unity. Members of the Knights all know that - together - we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we sticker together - we support one another. This doesn't mean we always agree, but it does mean that you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community. Knights are united in the body of Christ, ritualized and embodied in their full participation in the Catholic Church. Their loyalty to Christ and the unity He encompasses, is realized through their commitment to one another and their local, regional and universal church.
The Knights of Columbus was founded, in large part, to provide aid to the widows and their children left behind when the family breadwinner died - oftentimes unexpectedly. The Order's top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who in the last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, you have a group of brothers that watch out for you and have your back.
Knights are called to promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the civic community, through education of brother Knights, and others, in both the teachings of Holy Mother Church and the history of our nation. We are to be exemplar citizens of society, showcasing the highest standards for preservation and perpetuation of our great democratic republic. Therefore, it is not unusual to find Fourth Degree Knights participating visibly in church events, such as Eucharistic processions, and others, and in the community, standing up for the unborn and the elderly at Pro-Life events, and commemorating the sacrifices of previous generations on Remembrance Day.
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