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.