Indoctrination to the Knights of Columbus
What is the Knights of Columbus?
The Knights of Columbus is a catholic, family, fraternal, and service organization.
Catholic – this is the common denominator for all members. Catholicism serves as the foundation for continued growth and performance.
Family – the very basis of society around which all programs and activities revolve.
Fraternal – banded together for the purpose of providing for the spiritual and material welfare of our membership.
Service – our involvement with and commitment to Church, community, council, family, and youth.
What are the qualifications to become a member of Knights of Columbus?
1. He must be at least 18 years old.
2. He must be a Practicing Catholic.
What is a Practicing Catholic?
Practicing Catholic is a person who follows the Ten Commandments and observes the Precepts of the Church in union with the Holy See.
History of the Knights of Columbus
A. Founding of the Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus was founded by a young priest of St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, Connecticut, by the name of Father Michael J. McGivney. He noticed the sad plight of his parishioners due to religious belief, ethnic prejudice and lack of social standing. He was appalled to find the miseries that befell a family when the bread winner dies. He gathered seven men at the basement of Saint Mary’s Church on Oct. 2,1881 to try to resolve the problems and they arrived at a solution of having a mutual benefit society for men with insurance program. On March 29, 1882, the Order was formally incorporated in New Haven, Connecticut. The first Grand Knight is James T. Mullen.
The name Knights of Columbus was adopted by the organizers simply because they felt that the organization should relate to Christopher Columbus the Catholic explorer of the new world. This is to underscore their pride in America’s Catholic heritage, as Columbus evokes the aura of Catholicity. The term Knight was adapted to signify knightly ideals of charity,spirituality and service to Church, country and fellowmen.
B. Life and Role of Father Michael J. McGivney
Father Michael J. McGivney was born on August 12, 1852 at Waterbury, Connecticut, by Irish parents Patrick McGivney and Mary Lynch. He is the eldest of 13 children, with 4 siblings dying during infancy. After primary school, he worked in a spoon factory at age 13. He first entered St. Hyacinthe’s Seminary in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec in 1868. He continued his studies at St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland, but left in 1873, when his father died. Together with two of his sisters, they supported their family. Under the sponsorship of several Bishops, he later returned to the seminary and was ordained as a priest December 22, 1877. He celebrated his first Mass on December 25, 1877 at St. Mary’s Church where he founded the Knights of Columbus.
Being a clergyman, Father McGivney deferred to lay leadership of the organization and instead served as the Supreme Secretary for less than two years. He, thereafter, accepted the office of Supreme Chaplain, a position he held until his death on August 14, 1890 at the age of 38. From the State of Connecticut the Knight of Columbus expanded to Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts until it covered most states in the U.S.A by 1896.
C. Growth in the Philippines
On April 23, 1905 a group of US army and navy men who were stationed in Manila requested from and was granted by the Supreme Council to put up a council in the Philippines. This first council was Council 1000 in Intramuros, Manila, which membership started with 29 American servicemen. In two years time, the Council was exclusively for American members. On the third year and thereafter few qualified Filipinos were admitted to the order, that by 1920, Council 1000 comprises predominantly of Filipinos. From 1905 to 1918 the Council Grand Knights were all Americans, until CY 1918-19, when Atty. Gabriel LaO, was elected the first Filipino Grand Knight. By 1918, a short lived Council 1900 of San Pablo, Laguna was chartered.
Life and Ministry of Father George J. Willmann
Council 1000 continued to perform as a single council until an American priest by the name of Fr. George J. Willmann got himself involved with the Knights of Columbus. Father Willmann was born on June 29, 1897, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. He first heard of the Knights of Columbus from a wealthy member of Knights of St. Gregory, who was like an uncle to him. He advised Fr. Willmann to try to become Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, when he is already a priest, because he heard that the K of C is doing a lot of good things. The following events ensued in the life of Fr. Willmann:
- He first came to the Philippines as a seminarian In 1922 to teach in Ateneo de Manila. He went back to the U.S.A. in 1925.
- Fr. Willmann returned to the Philippines to teach at Ateneo in 1936. His first involvement with the Knights of Columbus was when as a Jesuit Priest, he supported the youth program of Council 1000 by allowing the youth the use of Ateneo de Manila’s basketball court at Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.
- In the late 1930’s Fr. Willmann saved the Knights of Columbus which organization at that time was dying, by injecting new vitality and orientation.
- By 1947 Father Willmann requested from and was granted by the Supreme Council to expand the number of councils in the Philippines. By 1948 the first Knights of Columbus District was born constituting of Manila Council 1000, with the newly instituted councils: Cebu Council 3106 and Cagayan de Oro Council 3108. Father Willmann was the first Philippine District Deputy until1953.
- In 1949, he served as the Acting Master of the 4thDegree in the first 4th degree exemplification held at the Holy Ghost College.
- In 1950 He invested the first squire circle 623 in Cebu City sponsored by Cebu Council 3106.
- By March 1, 1954, Supreme Knight Luke Hart appointed Fr. Willmann to the title of Territorial Deputy. By 1955, there were more than 50 Philippine councils that were chartered. Father Willmann held the title of Philippine Territorial Deputy until 1961.
- In 1958 he founded the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc.
- By 1962, Father Willmann became the first Philippine State Deputy due to the emergence of more than 100 councils in the Philippines. He held this position until the time of his death in 1977, at the age of 80. In 1975, he was given Filipino citizenship by Presidential Decree 740. His Remains was buried in the Jesuit Cemetery, Novaliches, Quezon City. According to Past Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant He is the “Father Michael J. McGivney of the Philippines”.
Succession of State Deputies
- Upon the death of Fr. Willmann, former Senator Oscar Ledesma was appointed Philippine Deputy from 1977 to 1983. Philippine Deputy Ledesma created the position of three assistant statedeputies, one each for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. He was appointed by then Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant as Supreme Director Emeritus in 1983.
- S.K. Mardonio Santos succeeded Senator Oscar Ledesma in 1983. Upon his leadership the fraternal order experienced an enormous growth that by the end of his term on July 1, 1989, the Philippine Jurisdiction was divided into three states, namely, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Jurisdictions. He was elected as a Supreme Director in 1988, while still serving as the Philippine Deputy.
- The three Assistant Philippine Deputies at that time, namely: S.K. Lauro Cruz for Luzon, S.K. Angel Veloso for Visayas and S.K. Leonor Losano for Mindanao, were appointed to be the first state deputies for their respective areas.
- S.K. Lauro Cruz was succeeded by S.K. Alfredo Silva, followed by S.K. Arsenio Lopez, then by S.K. Antonio Yulo, and S.K. Rodolfo Magsino. As of July 1, 2007 , the Luzon Deputy is S.K. Alonso L. Tan.
THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:
- To support the Church.
- To build fraternal bonds through social, religious, educational, and athletic activities.
- To provide comfort and assistance to the sick, disabled, and needy members and their families.
- To reach out to meet community needs through programs of charity and service.
- To provide for the financial security of the members and their families through our fraternal insurance program.
CARDINAL PRINCIPLES OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
1. Charity – an act of giving for the love of God and love of fellowmen.
2. Unity – oneness in faith and action to gain strength in the pursuit of charity, as well as
the programs, goals, and purposes of the Order.
3. Fraternity – A special bond among its members in a level which is more than friends,
a brother to a brother and a knight to a knight, a catholic gentleman to a catholic gentleman.
4. Patriotism – zealous love and support of own country
The Organizational Chart of the Knights of Columbus:
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CURRENT SUPREME OFFICERS
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Chaplain Bishop William E. Lori
Deputy Supreme Knight Dennis Savoie
Supreme Secretary Donald Kehoe
Supreme Treasurer John W. O’Reilly
Supreme Advocate Paul Devin
Supreme Warden Lawrence G. Costanzo
The Supreme Council is the governing body of the Order and is composed of elected representatives from each jurisdiction. The Supreme Council acts in a manner similar to shareholders at an annual meeting and each year elects seven members to the Supreme Board of Directors for three year-term. The twenty-one member board then chooses from its own membership the senior operating officials of the Order, including the Supreme Knight.
State Councils in each of the 50 states of the U.S.A., each province in Canada, and other jurisdictions carved out of member countries are led by State Deputies and other officers elected at state conventions. Territorial Deputies are appointed by the Supreme Knight and lead areas not yet incorporated into State Councils.
District Deputies are appointed by the State Deputy and over see several local councils, each of which is led by a Grand Knight. Other elected council officers include the Deputy Grand Knight, Chancellor, Warden, Recorder, Treasurer, Advocate, Guards and Trustees. A Chaplain is invited and a Lecturer is appointed by the Grand Knight and a Financial Secretary by the Supreme Knight. Council officers are properly addressed as "worthy" (e.g. Worthy Grand Knight). Councils are numbered in the order in which they were chartered into the Order and are named by the local membership. San Salvador Council #1 was named for the first island Columbus landed on in the New World.
The title "Knight" is purely fraternal and is not the equivalent to a sovereign accolade. Therefore Knights of Columbus do not rank with Chevaliers and Commanders of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the Order of Malta, the Order of St. Gregory the Great, or members of any other historic military or chivalric orders.
V. Degrees and Principles
The Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. A First Degree exemplification ceremony, by which a man joins the Order, typifies charity. He is then said to be a First Degree Knight of Columbus. After recruiting a new member, he can be elevated to the second degree. Each of the degrees focuses on another virtue, rises to that status. Upon reaching the Third Degree a gentleman is considered a full Knight and called “Sir”. Only 3rd and 4th degree members can be elected to the Grand Knights post. Priests do not participate directly in Degree
exemplifications as laymen do, but rather take the
degree by observation.
The first ritual handbook was printed in 1885 but contained only sections teaching Unity and Charity. Supreme Knight Mullen, along with primary ritual author Daniel Colwell, believed that the initiation ceremony should be held in three sections "in accord with the 'Trinity of Virtues, Charity, Unity, and Brotherly love.'" The third section, expounding Fraternity, was officially adopted in 1891.
The Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the order. This additional Patriotic Degree was opened to members on Feb. 22, 1900. Members of this degree are addressed as "Sir Knight". The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. A Knight is eligible to join the Fourth Degree after one year from the date of his First Degree, provided he has completed the 2nd and 3rd degrees beforehand.
Assemblies are distinct from councils, as its membership consists of purely fourth degree Knights and are led by a separate set of elected officers. The Supreme Board of Directors appoints a Supreme Master, currently Joseph P. Schultz, and twenty Vice Supreme Masters to govern the Fourth Degree. Each Vice Supreme Master oversees a Province which is then broken up into Districts. The Supreme Master appoints District Masters to supervise several assemblies. Each assembly is led by a Navigator. Other elected assembly officers include the Captain, Admiral, Pilot, Scribe, Purser, Comptroller, Sentinels and Trustees. A Friar is invited and Color Corps Commander are appointed by the Navigator. Assembly officers are properly addressed by using the title "faithful" (e.g. Faithful Navigator). Other officers of the fourth degree higher than the faithful navigator are addressed as “worthy”. Assemblies are numbered in the order in which they were chartered into the Order and are named by the local membership.
Only Fourth Degree Knights may purchase the full regalia and join the Assembly’s Color Corps. The Color Corps is the most visible arm of the Knights as they are often seen in parades and other local events wearing their colorful regalia. The honor guards have to know the manual of the sword.
VI. Columbian Squires
The Knights' official junior organization is the Columbian Squires. The international fraternity for boys 10–18 has over 5,000 circles. According to Brother Barnabas McDonald, F.S.C., the Squires
founder, “The supreme purpose of the Columbian Squires is character building.” Squires have fun and share their Catholic faith, help people in need, and enjoy the company of friends in social, family, athletic, cultural, civic and spiritual activities. Through their local circle, Squires work and socialize as a group of friends, elect their own officers, and develop into Catholic leaders.
Each Circle is supervised by a Knights of Columbus Council or Assembly and has an advisory board made up of either the Grand Knight, the Deputy Grand Knight and Chaplain or the Faithful Navigator, the Faithful Captain and Faithful Friar. Circles are either Council based, parish based, or school based, depending on the location of the circle and the Knight counselors.
Founded on August 4, 1925 with the institution of Duluth Circle 1 in Duluth, MN, the Columbian Squires program strives to provide "the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities," (section II, Article II of the "Laws and Rules of the Columbian Squires").
Columbian Squires Emblem
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The Squires emblem includes a Maltese cross upon which are the letters "P" (physical fitness); "I" (intellectual development); S (spiritual growth and the practice of our faith); and "C" (citizenship and civic life). The large letters "C" and "S" intertwined with the cross respectively represent Christ and Squires. The "K" centered on the cross symbolizes the Knights of Columbus. Esto Dignus, the Squires' motto encircling the emblem, is Latin for "Be Worthy.
In 1997 the Virginia State Council of Knights of Columbus introduced a female complement to the Columbian Squires: the Columbian Squire Roses. The founder of this organization is Russell DeRose, currently a Chief Counselor for Squire Roses Circle #1, St. Mary of Sorrows, in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
Knights of Columbus Councils, Fourth Degree Assemblies, and Columbian Squire Circles have similar officers. In the Councils, officer titles are prefixed with "Worthy" and in the Assemblies, officer titles are prefixed with "Faithful". In addition to the Columbian Squires' officers listed below, there is an adult position of "Chief Counselor" that helps oversee the Circle.
Council Assembly Circle
Grand Knight Navigator Chief Squire
Chaplain Friar Father Prior Deputy Grand Knight Captain** Deputy Chief Squire
Chancellor Admiral* Deputy Chief Squire
Recorder Scribe Notary Financial Secretary Comptroller Bursar Treasurer Purser Bursar
Lecturer Nonexistent** Nonexistent
Advocate Nonexistent* Nonexistent
Warden Pilot Marshall Inside Guard Inner Sentinel Sentry
Outside Guard Outer Sentinel Sentry
Trustee (3 Year) Trustee (3 Year) Nonexistent
Trustee (2 Year) Trustee (2 Year) Nonexistent
Trustee (1 Year) Trustee (1 Year) Nonexistent
Nonexistent Color Corps Nonexistent
VIII. Service Programs
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A Knights of Columbus council can work wonders; in fact, with its many programs, it can help change the community, town, city or neighborhood in which you live. However, a successful Knights of Columbus program depends on people taking the initial idea, modifying it to suit specific situations and local needs, then implementing the program in the way it works.
The Knights of Columbus is a "Catholic, family, fraternal and service organization." This theme permeates the entire Service Program; all Church, community, council, family and youth activities. The Service Program is designed to establish each council as an influential and important force within the community, elevate the status of the programming personnel, provide more meaningful and relevant programs of action, establish direct areas of responsibility, build leadership, and ensure the success of council programs.
Few suggestions in undertaking service programs are listed hereunder, for each service directorship:
1. Church Activities
Catholics are searching for ways to further develop our Church Ministry.
If these good intentions are going to bear fruit, if the Church is going to not only exist, but thrive in today’s society, men and women throughout our communities must come forward and take an active part.
Far more action of an ecumenical nature is
needed. As Knights of Columbus, our prime responsibility is to encourage and promote that action.
The lay apostolate must respond to the constant call for active involvement in the work of the Church. Your council has the numbers, the organization, and the communication ability to get involved and spread the word throughout the Christian community.
Appeal for greater unity, understanding and
ecumenism among all religions. Initiate those programs through which members can practice their Catholic duties in the fields of charity, devotion and education.
Strive to sponsor activities which enable the individual Knight to set a constant and worthy example as an ideal Catholic to his family, his community and his fellow members.
2. Community Activities
Wherever we live, whether in the city or in the province, we all have our own perceptions of “community.”
Usually, these perceptions are formed by the concrete reality of the world immediately around us. It may be a bustling metropolis, a town, or a barangay.
It is the place we call home – with all its good and
bad features, its beauty and ugliness, its strengths
and weaknesses. Every individual has a voice in shaping the world around him, and every individual can make that voice heard.
Make your voice heard in your community. Your
community offers limitless opportunity for action that can be seen, felt and judged for its true worth. Collaborate with existing Basic Ecclesial Communities.
Look for something that’s needed and workable in your community – fight poverty, aid individuals with sickness or disabilities, plant a tree, sponsor a free medical mission, support law enforcement, campaign for pro-life and anti-drugs, help the aged – and assist in the social advocacies of the parish as your council’s resources allow.
No matter what you choose … get involved!
3. Council Activities
Many of the activities of the Knights of Columbus sound demanding, and certainly many are, but that does not mean that others can’t be just for fun.
Members of your council are your neighbors and brothers, who are just as interested in athletic, cultural and social events as you are.
Programs and activities that come under the council activities section are unlimited – athletic, social, cultural, educational, and civic events – all the events that are an important part of fraternal life.
Public relations activities are also included under the council activities section of the Service Program. Serving under the director of council activities, public relations personnel are charged with the responsibility of keeping the council’s membership accurately and constantly informed of current and future events.
4. Family Activities
Take a look at what’s happening to our family life. Do we communicate? Do we share? Do we take time to get involved with each other? Are there opportunities for improvement? What is God’s
plan for us?
Today’s society makes it hard to be a family. Television takes up a lot of our time together. The hustle and bustle of business, rushed meals, school, work, committee meetings, sports and shopping are cramming our days and weeks.
The family is under heavy attack today. The battle is largely over values and commitments. To survive, the family needs support. Its primary source of strength must be found in a growing religious and parish life. But it also can be helped substantially by an organization such as ours.
Help prevent the death of the family by administering preventive medicine.
Conduct those programs and activities which aid in rebuilding the family spirit from within, making it vital and strong enough to resist society’s ills. Encourage members and their families to choose as their model the Holy Family, copying their attitude of interdependence, sharing and respect for authority.
Work to strengthen family life. Nourish wholesome home life through the sponsorship of activities involving entire families on a scheduled and continuing basis. Encourage communications and routines which involve family members within their own homes as well as bringing families together in social and recreational events in the community.
Stimulate togetherness within family units. There are many ways in which families can enjoy time together in a scheduled, organized way, even when the age range of members of the family varies widely.
Comfort the families of departed Knights. Remember the dead by establishing a Memorial Committee .
5. Youth Activities
Today’s youth, the leaders of tomorrow, are looking for a challenge, for responsibility, for faith and trust.
Yet, despite their commitments and dedication, the youth of the world are often condemned because of the uncontrolled actions of a minority of young people. As Knights of Columbus, it is our responsibility to provide youth with the means and the opportunities to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times.
There is a great deal more all of us can do to improve our youth programs. Recruit more men from the council level to work with young people. These adult leaders will help to mold the youth of today into the influential citizens of tomorrow.
Exert more positive and constructive influence on your young people by becoming involved with them. Pay more attention to what they are saying. Demonstrate your support by sponsoring a Columbian Squires circle, aiding the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, promoting the Boy Scouts or helping to combat drug and alcohol abuse.
Numerous other avenues are always open in helping to build leaders for the future.
IX. TYPES OF CEREMONIALS
1. CLOSED CEREMONIALS
1. COUNCIL MEETINGS
2. ASSEMBLY MEETINGS
4. RENEWAL OF OBLIGATIONS OF THE 4TH
2. OPEN CEREMONIALS
1. COUNCIL CHARTER PRESENTATION
2. ASSEMBLY CHARTER PRESENTATION
3. INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
4. NECROLOGICAL SERVICE
Is the rigid code setting forth the degree of obedience, the order of preference, the rules of official and social behavior.
In situations not normally anticipated, it is always best to do what is commonly perceived as courteous or kind and sincere action.
1. A council meeting must be conducted in accordance with our set of rules of the order. The “Robert’s Rule of Order” as reference for parliamentary procedure. The order of business is as outlined in section 125 of the Charter Constitution Laws.
2. In local council meetings, all members (who are not officers), should be recognized as “Brother _ _ _ _ _ _. All speeches must be directed to the chair (the Grand Knight),
for example “Worthy Grand Knight, may I ask the previous speaker to explain . . . . .?” The member should speak to the chair in the third person. The Grand Knight always
speak in the third person, such as “The Chair rules that . . . . . .” or Your Grand Knight rules that . . . . .”
3. In our order, precedence is given to Bishops and Priests. They are given ”seats of honor”. In Council affairs, the GK precedes over the FN. In Assembly affairs, the FN precedes over the GK. The same is true between the District Master and District Deputy. The latter seats as an ordinary member unless the presiding officer invites the guest officer to seat in the front table.
4. In local council meetings, the state officers, district deputies, priests or special guests should be seated in place of honor
in the front facing the membership. However, a state officer or district deputy, when in his own council need not necessarily be seated in front, unless requested by the GK.
However, he should always be addressed with his title at all times.
5. The country’s flag should be either displayed flat, above and behind the speaker or at the right side of the speaker facing the audience. other flags should be at the left side of the speaker.
6. All officers should wear their jewel of office during council meetings.
7. During official council affairs there should only be one main speaker, the last speaker on any program should be the highest ranking officer of the order. A junior officer must not speak after a senior officer. Guests are introduced according to ranks from the lowest up to the main speaker of the occasion.
8. Ranking of officers in any Council gatherings are as follows:
a. The Clergy
b. Supreme Officers and Supreme Directors
c. State Officers
d. State Directors and Chairmen
e. District Deputies
f. Area Managers (KCFAPI)
g. Vice Supreme Master
h. Masters of the 4th Degree
i. Faithful Navigators
j. Visiting GK
XI. THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS EMBLEM
The emblem of the Order dates back from the second Supreme Council meeting on May 12, 1883, designed by the first Supreme Knight James T. Mullen. It consists of a shield mounted upon a Formee Cross. The shield is associated with that of a medieval knight. The Formee Cross represents the traditionally artistic design of the Cross of Christ, through which all graces were procured for the redemption of mankind.
a) The Shield – Catholic knighthood in organized merciful action.
b) Fasces – From the Roman days, a symbol of authority which must exist in a tightly bonded and efficient operating organization.
c) Anchor – The mariner’s symbol for Christopher Columbus, the patron of the Order.
d) Sword – weapon of the Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy.
2. COLORS ECCLESIASTICAL REPRESENTATION
Red – Faith, belief in Christ, in the redemption
and love of Jesus Christ.
White – color of the Eucharistic Host, of Christ –
Blue – color of our Lady’s mantle, in which she
wrapped her Son, through Whom came
salvation from a sinful world.
Yellow – Unity with the Holy See
Each newly initiated member to the order is given a lapel pin with the emblem on it. A Knight’s uniform is marked with the emblem.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A MEMBER OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
- To pay his annual dues faithfully. Note that a lapse of 1 quarter (3 months) is subject to suspension of membership.
- To support the service program activities of the council by sharing time, talent, & treasure. Find out which committee he will fit in.
- Attend council fraternal mass, fellowship, and monthly regular business meetings. Always remember the monthly meeting schedule to eliminate need for notice.
- Wear specified uniform during ceremonials of the council. The Knights of Columbus official uniform is a white barong Tagalog with the K of C emblem on the left chest. Black pants, black socks, and black shoes. The council will announce what to wear at other events.
- Maintain status of being a practicing Catholic at all times. Attend to Spiritual Formation programs specified by the State. Be a Catholic gentleman anywhere you may be. The members’ personality and behaviour reflects that of the order.
The main reason for the founding of the Knights of Columbus by Fr. Michael J. McGivney was to be able to come to the aid of Catholic families suffering from the loss of the breadwinner. Death always come unannounced and the future of widows and orphans left behind without financial security is dreadful. So, as Knights, we must assure ourselves that should we depart from this world prematurely or even in old age, we are prepared to leave our family with means to live in ease.
As a family oriented organization, the K of C has always espoused family protection, in terms of insurance, so that life will go on after a loss of a parent or a loved one.
In the USA the Knights Insurance system has grown into a $60B industry and is consistently rated among the top companies there. However, because of legal and technical impediments it couldn’t be extended to the Philippines.
To answer to the insurance needs of Filipino Knights, the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. was incorporated and registered in August 1,1958 and became operative September 9,1958 with the following purposes:
- To render mutual aid and assistance to members and beneficiaries of members for losses and damages arising from injuries and/or losses of lives and/or properties;
- To render mutual aid and assistance to sick, disabled, and needy members and/or immediate members of their families (wives and children);
- To engage in relief works and to provide for the economic, social, religious and educational requirements and needs of the members; and
- In general, to do such acts and things and to undertake such activities not otherwise prohibited by law which are calculated to help the members and necessary for accomplishment of the purposes for which the corporation has been formed and organized.
As a Mutual Benefit Association it has the following distinctions: a) it is tax exempt; b) it has an exclusive market:; and c) all its members are co-owners of the company.
In virtue of its tax exemption privilege, KC Fraternal is able to offer the lowest cost of insurance. It is non-stock and membership is exclusive to the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines in good standing including immediate members of their families (wives, parents and children).
On its first of operation (1958) insurance certificates in force was only 1,033 with a total face value of P2,431,000. After 50 years (2008) it has grown to more than 80,000 members with P8.17Billion in Total Protection. Total resources as of Dec. 31,2007 reached P2.37 Billion 91% of it invested in safe portfolio.
- Owned by the insured members. It is run by brother knights for the exclusive benefit of Knights and their families.
- KC Fraternal provides a fraternal kind of service. “For Brother Knights by Brother Knights.”
- Offers one of the lowest life insurance rates in the industry. KC fraternal rates are among the most affordable. Substantial yearly dividends further yearly contributions.
- KC Fraternal gives financial support to the order for use in maintaining, strengthening, and expanding the order.
- Participates in the Order’s social amelioration program. Subsidizes the Order’s Foundation in the scholarship program for seminarians and priests, livelihood, calamity assistance and other charitable projects.
- Extra fast settlements.
- Exclusive for member Knights and their immediate families.
Mace Insurance agency, Inc
Established in May 20, 1980 to provide insurance services to member Knights, their families, and their business enterprises. Provides non-life insurance needs such as fire insurance, motor car insurance, medical insurance, personal accident, and other services.
In 2007, reported P7.5Million in assets; P3.7Million in Stockholders Equity; P5.7Million Total Income.
Keys Realty a, public relief or any charitable work.nd Development Corp.
A real estate corporation established in August 18, 1992. Primarily engaged in the acquisition and development od real estate. In 2007, has a reported P293million in assets; P278 million in Stockholder’s Equity; P71 million Total Income.
KC Philippines Foundation, Inc
Established on October 21,1970 to carry out religious, educational, social relief, war relief, public relief, or any charitable work.
Accredited with DOST. The foundation has been providing scholarship grants to students pursuing technical and collegiate studies in 11 universities nationwide.
The latest project of the Foundation is the construction of 10 units of the Knights of Columbus GK (Gawad Kalings) Village in Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
KC Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc
Originally was Fr. Willmann Fund for Seminarians then merged with Christopher Foundation and expanded in 2000 with the new name. While it has expanded its activities in various fields, its main focus has been on the scholarship of seminarians and priests. Since its inception it has graduated over 100 priests.
Another priority work of this foundation is the furtherance of the cause of Fr. Willmann since the 1990’s