The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The roots of the Knights of Columbus were planted in the rich soil that was 19th century North America. Out of the melting pot of the 1880's, our Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization emerged as a beacon of hope for masses. Whether helping the poor, the sick, the orphaned and the widowed, or supporting their Catholic brothers with their practical or spiritual needs, the first Knights of Columbus stood ready to help. We invite you to take a tour to learn more about us, our programs and the services offered to our members and their families.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 12,000 councils and 1.6 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
Who Are The Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 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 Columbia, the world's largest Catholic family magazine. You and your family are also eligible to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program in addition to many more family and personal benefits.
How Do I Join?
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. Contact any member or Mike Schlipmann at 217-228-9362 for more information and any questions.
2021-2022 Knights of Columbus Officers
|Chaplin||Rev.Donald J. Blickhan|
|Grand Knight||John Benz|
|Deputy Grand Knight||Tom Maas|
|Financial Secretary||John Veith|
|Inside Guard||Ed Zanger|
|Outside Guard||Matt Schulte|
|Trustee (3)||Tom Grawe|
|Trustee (2)||Steve Obert|
|Trustee (1)||Terry Obert|