Who are the Knights?

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

About our Council

The charter for Council 109 was established on December 10th 1894. From it’s humble homes and small beginnings, from the top floors of Mass. Avenue to the side alleys of Mystic Street, our Council has come into the forefront of Knighthood in the State of Massachusetts. We have every right to be proud of the Arlington Council for it has never failed in its quest for continuous improvement. Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism have always been and continue to be served with enthusiasm in Arlington Council 109.

Through the ceaseless efforts of the membership, the Council is active for the good of the community throughout each year. Council #109 provides food for Thanksgiving dinners for scores of needy families each year as well as providing support and assistance to Special Needs citizens of the community. The Council has many events including dinner dances for the members and their guests, a Christmas Party for members’ children and participate in Arlington’s annual Patriot’s Day parade as well as Arlington’s annual Town Day celebration.

These are just a few of the many events our members participate in. With the addition of new members, we can make these events better and also add more activities.

Membership Benefits

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.

4th Degree

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

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. If you would like more information about joining council 109 please speak with any current member or fill out the “Join Us” page.