Membership Eligibility --- Who can join the Order?
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older, who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. A practical Catholic accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accordance with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing with the Catholic Church.
A candidate is deemed a “Knight” after taking the First Degree, which exemplifies the virtue of Charity. However, he is encouraged to advance through the Second and Third Degree exemplifications to comprehend his understanding of the other two principles of the Order: Unity and Fraternity. Lesson on the ultimate principle of Patriotism is imparted at the Fourth Degree Exemplification, which can be taken six months after the First Degree Exemplification.
Upon completion of the First Degree requirement, a knight is enrolled as a member of a local council, preferably the one which is near and convenient to his place of residence. All knights when entering a council generally pay a small initiation fee, followed by annual membership dues.