Membership requirements

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See.
A practicing Catholic accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

There are four degrees (1st-,2nd-,3rd-,4th degree) within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order's core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.