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. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

Membership Benefits 

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy the following benefits and enroll in our top-ranked life insurance program.  Other benefits include:

  • COLUMBIA MAGAZINE – Free subscription to the Order’s monthly magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families.

  • KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS ROSARY – Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the First Degree exemplification to each new member.

  • DAILY MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH – Mass for deceased members and their wives, and deceased members of the Squires program, at birthplace of the Order.

  • FAMILY FRATERNAL BENEFIT – For eligible families: a) Pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) Pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) Offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18.

  • ORPHAN BENEFIT – $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available.

  • MEMBER/SPOUSE FRATERNAL BENEFIT – Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost.

  • WIDOW BENEFITS – a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance, or annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.

  • SCHOLARSHIPS – Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children.

  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organization skills, etc.
  • FOURTH DEGREE – Eligibility to join the “Patriotic Degree.”

  • HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP at Age 70 with 25 years of membership.

  • MEMBERSHIP CARD – Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in over 14,000 councils throughout the world.

How to Join 

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older that is a practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member 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. Application blanks are available from a member of the Knights of Columbus.

If interested in becoming a Knight, Please Contact Isaac Salazar our Grand Knight at 609-8880, or Michael Montoya our Deputy Grand Knight at 852-2686.

About our Council

San Juan de los Caballeros Council was founded in December 2004 after Francisco Gomez, the State Deputy of the New Mexico State Council and the District Deputy Mel Apodaca prepared and submitted documents to the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus allowing our Council to be instituted into the Order as Council Number 13684.  Aiding the State and District Deputy gather enough Catholic men in the Parish to start a council were Father Terrance Brennan and Deacon Miguel A. Salazar who was our first Grand Knight.

Our Council is named after the Pueblo in which the parish is located. After taking control of the pueblo in 1598, the Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate renamed the pueblo San Juan de los Caballeros after his patron saint, John the Baptist. The Pueblo has since been renamed to it's original Tewa name, Ohkay Owingeh. The San Juan de los Caballeros Council works closely with the San Juan Parish in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, providing funds and manpower for various projects, and with members being active participants in the parish choir, finance council, religious education,  etc.

Fourth 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.  Our 4th Degree Members are part of Los Padres Assembly 1982 in Española.

Ladies Auxiliary 

The Ladies Auxiliary's main function is to support the men and the council. They do this primarily by providing help at events, cooking for events and providing monetary help. They also generally do help with setting up and beautifying the hall for events. We currently do not have a Ladies Auxiliary as part of our council.


Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires'  are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility. Our council does not have a Squires circle.