Knights of Columbus

Monsignor Charles F. Kordsmeier Council 5209

December 8, 2021 10:34pm CST 808 N Cedar St, Morrilton, AR 72110

Become A Knight!

Why Should I Become a Knight?

In today's world, many Catholic men are looking to fulfill their desire to spend meaningful time with their family, to serve their community and their Church, and to grow in their faith. Joining the Knights of Columbus provides these men and their families with volunteer opportunities and activities that accomplish these goals. If you are such a man who is dedicated to making a difference, then membership in the Knights of Columbus is for you.

Additionally, the Knights of Columbus also offers a portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families.

Who are the Knights?

Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church.

Knights share camaraderie with men who hold values similar to yours. Knights are involved with your community; they support your local Catholic Church and its causes, while deepening their faith; and they believe in protecting and enhancing their family life.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic lay organization with more than 1.7 million members in 13,000 councils located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland, and several other countries.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don't have time to join another organization; why should I join the Knights of Columbus?

As a Knight you can choose the projects with which you wish to be involved in within your own community. What is more, the Order is dedicated to family life and the many benefits it offers. From insurance to scholarships to service and social activities and programs, all are open to the whole family.

What are the requirements?

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.

What is a practical Catholic?

A practical 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.

What are 'Degrees'?

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.

Do I have to purchase Insurance to become a member?

No, the purchase of insurance is optional. However, the life insurance and long-term care insurance offered by the Order are competitively priced and they are among the most solid and highly rated products available anywhere. Standard & Poor's and A.M. Best, the leading independent agencies that rate insurance companies, give K of C insurance their highest ratings.

Knights Serve Your World

Together, members of the Knights of Columbus improve their world through remarkable achievements and staggering numbers such as:

$1.1 billion is the amount raised and distributed to the Church, community, youth and fellowman in the past 10 years.

593 million volunteer hours in service through the "Surge ... With Service" outreach program since 1998.

1.2 million Knights and their families are covered by the award-winning insurance the Knights provide.

$38 million contributed to aid and support thousands of seminarians and postulants in their religious journey since 1980.

$20 million in the "Knights of Columbus Vicarius Christi" fund, the earnings on which are conveyed annually to the Holy Father for his charities.

$1 million in the Heroes Fund, which provides aid to the families of the emergency personnel killed or disabled during the 9/11 attacks.

$10 million collected and given to the victims of the 2005 Gulf States Hurricane Disaster.

8,000 wheelchairs provided to people with disabilities worldwide.

Knights Serve Your Neighborhood

On December 10, 1961, the Msgr. Charles F. Kordsmeier Council 5209 was founded. Currently, there are approximately 230 members serving the parishes of Sacred Heart in Morrilton, St. Elizabeth in Oppelo, The Church of the Assumption in Atkins and St. Joseph in Center Ridge.

Local programs include:

Family Barbecue

Breakfast on the 5th Sunday of the month

Free Throw Contest and Soccer Challenge

Support for local seminarians

Weekly Bingo fundraiser for Sacred Heart schools

Respect Life activities; including support of Abundant Life Pregnancy Resource Center in Morrilton

Support for the mentally disabled; including participation in Radiothon for the Center for Exceptional Children

College Scholarship Essay Contest

Catholic Responsibility Essay Contest

Most Importantly: Prayer