Who Are the Knights

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.9 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and youth. Today’s Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel.

Our council, 13001, has 114 members.

The Principles of the Knights of Columbus include:
CHARITY — To share our time, talents, gifts, and treasures with those in need.
UNITY — To work together to accomplish deeds not achievable individually
FRATERNATIY — To aid our Brother Knights and their families, to show concern for them and to provide insurance protection for them
PATRIOTISM — To serve and honor our Country in the Church and Community

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy the many benefits, including 12 free issues 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.

How to Join

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least of 18 years of age. 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.

If you are interested in becoming a Knight you can contact the St. Gerard Council Membership Director, Bob Bazinet at 763-315-4364 or by email at

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 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.

Ladies Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary’s function is to assist the Knights of Columbus Council in their Spritual, Charitable, Educational, Philanthropic and Social activities. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to wives, widows and adult unmarried daughters of Knights in good standing. The St. Gerard Auxiliary is currently inactive.

Columbian Squires

Under the guidance of the 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, teaaching skills of leadership and responsibility.

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