Knights of Columbus Council 1417

Who are the Knights of Columbus?

Knights Logo The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut on March 29, 1882, with the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. It is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 2 million members and 16,000 local "councils."

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

The Fourth Degree

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"). Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degre, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. Council 1417 Fourth Degree Knights are members of the Father John Cassidy Assembly.

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

Join the Knights

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

The Mission of the K of C

The Knight of Columbus Mission includes charitable works, serving the Church, support of fellow Knights and families, and acting for the good of the order and country. Specific to Council 1417 are:

Mysteries of the Rosary Video

Stations of the Cross

For More Information

For more information about Council 1417, please contact Mike Reder, Grand Knight, at 330-297-0113, or the Parish Office.

Also visit the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council website at