Become a Knight

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men, 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 forms are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

What Are The Knights?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.



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 Family Fraternal Benefits package, available to all our good-standing members and their families, adds value to membership in our organization.

  • Guaranteed Life Insurance Benefits for Uninsurable Children

  • Death Benefits Available for Stillborn/Miscarried Children

  • Orphan Benefits

  • Member/Spouse Accidental Death Benefits

St. Patrick Council has many activities that you can get involved with throughout the year for the Church, Youth, Family, Community, and Council.

What Are Degrees?

There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order's core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

4th Degree

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"). 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. St. Patrick Council 13307 is part of the Our Lady of Charity Assembly, #3089 Sarasota. Contact: Bob Marrah 941-378-9076 for information.

Columbian Squires

Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.

St. Patrick Council is in the process of forming a Columbian Squires circle.