The Principles of the Order

The Knights of Columbus have four principles:

Charity is the first principle. Knights are followers of Christ and men of faith.  As Knights, we are committed to charity and easing the plight of those less fortunate.

Unity is the second principle.  In unity there is strength.  Today the Order uses that strength to speak out for religiously-grounded moral values in a culture that has forsaken them.

Fraternity is the third principle.  Through the Knights of Columbus men are able to band together as brothers to help one another in times of distress, sickness and death.

Patriotism is the principle of the Fourth Degree.  One of the reasons the Order was founded was to emphasize that Catholics are proud citizens of their countries.  Fourth Degree Knights in full regalia serve to witess to the values of devotion to God and country, the bedrock of patriotism.

Founder of The Knights of Columbus - Father Michael McGivney

The McGivney Prayer -
God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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