The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
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.
You will become a member of the oldest council in the state of Nebraska and participate many activities.
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.
Please contact our membership chairman, Tom Werner 556-9805 for an application.
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.
The "Father Michael P. Dowling Assembly # 594" is this council's assembly.
Before 1950 it was known as Assembly #652, and fourth degree meetings were a part of the third degree meetings. A total reorganization of the forth degree in 1950 separated meetings and separated numbers. For more information on the Father Michael P. Dowling Assembly call Steve LaGreca at 558-5498 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three other Assemblies in the area. One in North West Omaha, one in Bellevue and one in Gretna.
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.
Council 652 is working on forming a Squires circle. If your son interested in becoming a squire have him contact the council.