Knights of Columbus Council 5173
Catholic men who lead, serve, protect and defend

Who are the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut on March 29, 1882, with the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. It is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The Knights also provide volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Benefits of Membership

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to 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.

The council meets at St. Peter of the Fields as follows:

  • Social Meeting: First Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
  • Business Meeting: Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.

For more information about joining the Knights of Columbus, contact Trustee Jerry Biltz at (330) 325-9411.

Fourth Degree – Pope Pius XII Assembly 0834

Fourth DegreeSt. Peter of the Fields is served by the Pope Pius XII Assembly 0834, along with St. Ambrose (Garrettsville), St. Michael (Windham), Immaculate Conception (Ravenna), and St. Joseph (Randolph-Suffield area).

The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "Assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.

Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree.

To learn more about becoming a Fourth Degree Knight, please contact David Bender, Faithful Navigator, Assembly 0834.