We are more than 6800 Knights in the 62 Councils that comprise the 14 counties in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.This is a large and diverse region that encompasses cities and
small rural villages in upstate New York. The Division is governed by an Executive Board elected annually by delegates from the Councils.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society that was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut. Its purpose is 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 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.
Membership in the Knights is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See who are 18 years of age or older. A practical Catholic is one who lives according to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church. There is no requirement that members purchase insurance. However, the K of C Insurance program is one of the highest rated and is a cost-effective insurance program for a member who wants insurance to protect his family. There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order's core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
The easiest way to join is to contact a member or one of the officers of a Council in your area. Click on the Council page to see a list of the Councils. Another way is to ask the Pastor of your parish. He can usually provide you with the name and contact information of a local Knight.