Knights of Columbus Indoctrination
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DESCRIPTIONKnights of Columbus Indoctrination module for Spiritual Admission Course prior to First Degree Exemplification.
The Knights of Columbus Indoctrination DIOCESE OF IMUS
ORGANIZATIONIt is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service Organization.Catholic - This is the common denominator of its membership. Catholicism provides the idealism for continued growth and performance.Family - It is the basic unit of society around which all programs of activity revolve.Fraternal - Binds the members into a brotherhood for mutual spiritual and material support and assistance.Service - is the involvement and commitment to serve church, community and our fellowmen.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIPMust be 18 years or older.Must be a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See.Must be baptized, and if married, must have been in catholic rites.Must not be convicted or any crime of moral turpitude.Must be able and willing to provide financial protection for his family.Preferably a resident of the Parish.
Practical Catholic - is one who lives up to the commandments of God and the precepts of the church.Practical Catholic in union with the Holy See - is one who regulates his life according to the teachings of Christ and the Church and endeavors to observe the Commandments of God and of the Church. He strives to have a greater knowledge of the teachings of Christ and the Church. He accepts, respects and defends the Church authority vested in the Supreme Pontiff, the Bishops and the Priests. He gives material and moral support to the Church and its programs.Practical Catholic in union with the Holy See
HISTORY Established: March 29, 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.Founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney and seven Catholic gentlemen who realized the value of insurance protection to those families experiencing the loss of a breadwinner.
ASPIRATIONS OF FR. MCGIVNEY To help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement. To promote closer ties of fraternity among them.To set up an elementary system of insurance so that widows and children of members in the group will not find themselves in dire financial straits.
WHO IS FR. MCGIVNEYEldest of 13 children with 4 siblings died during infancy.After primary school, worked in a spoon factory at age 13.Studied at St. Marys Seminary for priesthood.Lost his father in 1877, then left seminary to support his family.Went back to seminary under sponsorship of several Bishops.Upon ordination, was assigned to St. Marys Church where he founded K of C.
WHY KNIGHTS ?They signify that the membership embodied knightly ideals of spirituality and service to Church, Country and fellowmen.
WHY COLUMBUS?They felt that, as a group of Catholics, it should relate to Christopher Columbus, the Catholic discoverer of America The New World.This is to underscore their pride in Americas Catholic heritage, as Columbus evokes the aura of catholicity.
AIMS AND PURPOSESTo render pecuniary aid to members, their families, and beneficiaries of members and their families.To render mutual aid and assistance to its sick, disabled, and needy members and their families.To promote social and intellectual intercourse among its members and their families.To promote and conduct educational charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
HOW THE ORDER EXPANDED ?As conceived by Fr. McGivney the order served only the Diocese of Hartford which is all of Connecticut & Rhode Island.2 years after the death of Fr. McGivney the Order expanded to New York & Massachusetts, & 12 years later there were councils in every major city from Maine to California. In due time, The Order expanded outside USA to Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba, Virgin Islands, the Philippines & recently Poland.
IN THE PHILIPPINESThe first Council 1000 was established on April 23, 1905. 29 American Knights from the US Army & Navy was granted the authority to organize a council in Manila.In the beginning, the Council was exclusively composed of Americans. In 1907 they started to admit Filipinos as 1st degree Knights.In 1917, 30 prominent Filipinos were initiated & by 1920 the council became predominantly Filipino.WW II caused the council to suspend all activities. After the war Fr. George J Willmann, S.J. gradually re-activated the council. In October 1947 an expansion program was approved by the Supreme Knight & by 1955 there were more than 50 councils.
PROFILE AT PRESENTWith over 1.8 Million members Worldwide
Luzon Councils1,045Visayas Councils523Mindanao Councils606Total Number of Councils2,174
Luzon Members122,405Visayas Members49,541Mindanao Members72,035Total Number of Membership243,981
to serve and not to be servedMatt 20:28
VOLUNTEERISM -Serving out of our own free will, out of charity, out of our own true love for someone. It transcends time and space, reason and emotion. It stops only with the supreme being.
COMMITMENT - When a knight consents to be elected or appointed as an officer in the order, He moves from follower to leader. He makes a pledge and implores Gods help for him to be able to give his best. From then on he is expected to serve rain or shine.
SERVICE PROGRAMSChurch Activities - response to the call of the Church for more active involvement in the spirituality of the laity.Council Activities - activities for the members to enhance, strengthen and foster fraternalism among the Knights.Family Activities with Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) - concerns activities that aims to strengthen the family life of the members.
SERVICE PROGRAMSCommunity Activities - civic involvement and service rendered for the betterment of the community as externalization of their spirituality in the form of Lay Apostolate.Youth Activities through the Columbian Squires - serves to build the youth into responsible citizens of tomorrow.Pro-life Activities - you are called to defend the dignity of each human being at every stage and work together in building a culture of life and a civilization of love.
Close CeremonialsOpen CeremonialsCouncil MeetingsCouncil Charter PresentationAssembly MeetingsAssembly Charter PresentationExemplificationsInstallation of OfficersRenewal of Obligations of the 4th DegreeNecrological Service
ADVANCEMENT IN THE ORDER Must complete the required 2nd Degree Spiritual Formation Course prior to exemplification.Must have recruited a new member.Must have 75% attendance in Council meetings and activities.Must have stayed at least 2 months in the 1st degree.
FOUR CARDINAL PRINCIPLESCHARITY love of God and love of neighbor for the love of God.UNITY oneness of faith to gain strength in the pursuit of Charity.FRATERNITY Christian brotherhood among Knights and our fellowmen.PATRIOTISM Love of country and culture.
PROTOCOLThe rigid code setting forth the degree of obedience, the order of preference, the rules of official and social behavior.In situations not normally anticipated, it is always best to do what is commonly perceived as courteous or kind and sincere action.In our order, precedence is given to Bishops and Priests. They are given honored seats. In the 3rd degree: The Grand Knight precedes over the Faithful Navigator. In the 4th degree: the FN precedes over the GK. The same is true between the District Master and District Deputy.Protocol demands that the chain of command be observed meticulously. A GK may not write directly to the State Deputy without coursing thru the DD. Refer to the booklet of Protocol provided to the GK.
PROTOCOL -2A council meeting must be conducted in accordance with our set of rules of the order. Using the Roberts rule of Order should be the reference for parliamentary procedure.The countrys flag should be either displayed flat, above and behind the speaker or at the right side of the speaker facing the audience. Other flags should be at the left side of the speaker.All officers should wear their jewel of office during council meetings.During official council affairs there should only be one main speaker, the last speaker on any program should be the highest ranking of the order.
PROTOCOL - 3Ranking of officers in any council gatherings are as follows:The ClergySupreme OfficersState OfficersState DirectorsDistrict DeputiesArea ManagersVice Supreme MasterMasters of the 4th DegreeFaithful NavigatorsVisiting Grand Knight
THE K of C LOGOTHE FOUNDATION OF OUR LOGO IS THE FORMEY CROSS W/C IS SOMEWHAT TILTED.THE QUATERNARY REPRESENTS OUR 4 PRINCIPLES CHARITY, UNITY, FRATERNITY, & PATRIOTISM W/C SYMBOLIZES FAITH.THE SYMBOLSCROSS for the CHURCHSHIELD for GOOD WORKSMACE for AUTHORITYSWORD for PRAYERANCHOR for HOPE
4TH DEGREE EMBLEMConsists of 3 overlaid objects representing the Trinity.The Globe represents God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth.The Crusaders Cross, similar to the cross which knights use to wear into battle during the Holy Crusades, represents God the Son, Jesus Christ.The Dove represents God the Holy SpiritThe Colors Red, White and Blue are the colors of the Philippine Flag representative of the principle of the 4th degree. Patriotism
COLUMBIAN SQUIRESTHE BASE IS THE MALTESE CROSS WITH THE LETTERS:C for CHRISTS for SQUIRESK for KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
ON THE CROSS ARE IMPRINTED THE LETTERS:S for SPIRITUAL GROWTHP for PHYSICAL GROWTHI for INTELLECTUAL GROWTHC for CITIZENSHIP INVOLVEMENT
OFFICERS IN COUNCIL/ASSEMBLY/CIRCLE
Grand KnightNavigatorChief SquireChaplainFriarFather PriorDep Grand KnightCaptainDep Chief SquireChancellorAdmiral