Knights of Columbus
St. Martin de Porres Council 2403
Timmins P4N 7E3
Welcome to the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest lay Catholic family service organization. As their forebears did more than a century ago, today's Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel.
Although the Order is a "can-do" organization, its scope and the role it plays on the world stage often surprise people. They are amazed to learn that in the year 2000 Knights the world over combined to give more than 57 million hours of volunteer service and more than $116 million to a wide range of Church, community and charitable activities and programs. This was a record in both categories dating from the time statistics were first kept in 1977.
Who may be a Member?
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to any practical Catholic man in union with the Holy See who is not less than 18 years of age on his last birthday. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church.
There are two types of Knights of Columbus membership. Associate members belong to the Order and enjoy many of its benefits, but do not hold Knights of Columbus life insurance certificates. This distinguishes them from insurance members.
Application for membership is made through the council in the community nearest the applicant's place of residence. Applicants temporarily away from home, such as those in the military, may apply either through their hometown council, the council on the military base to which they are assigned or another council in a community near them. Acceptance of the application depends on an admissions process and a vote of the members of the council to which the application is made.
Following a favourable vote the applicant becomes a member by initiation in what is called the First Degree. Subsequently he advances through the Second and Third degrees.
There are modest initiation fees and annual dues set by the local council in accordance with regulations established by the Supreme Council. Priests and religious brothers who have applied for membership and attended the ceremonials become honorary life members and are exempt from the payment of dues.
The members of Council 2403 meet at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month in Sacred Heart Parish Hall.