Doylestown, PA

Frequently Asked Questions

As a Knight, you can choose the projects to be involved in within your community.  You will receive regular updates from the council regarding news and events in your area.  You’ll be presented with frequent opportunities to work alongside brother Knights.  We are most appreciative of any level of involvement you can offer, from a little to a lot.  There are also exclusive financial and insurance benefits available to Knights.

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.

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.

Learn more about the definition of a practical catholic man in our post.

No you are not. When you join online you will not belong to a local council at first. Instead, you will become a member of the Knights of Columbus state division in your state of residence.

To join Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Council #4160, please complete this form and we will contact you to complete your membership.

Yes! Council-based membership is the best way to experience the Knights of Columbus. Prospective members can join Council #4160 just as they always have. Online Members can transition to local council membership, just as members from other local councils may transfer today. Transferring involves completing a membership form (Form #100) and going through the council admissions process. This includes meeting with council leaders and taking part in an exemplification ceremony.

To start the process of joining Council 4160, contact us and we’ll help get you started on the process.  

No. Unlike many fraternal organizations one does not become a member by purchasing insurance. In the Knights of Columbus a man has to be a member before he may avail himself of the insurance benefit. Purchasing insurance is optional. Life insurance and long-term care insurance products offered by the Order are not only competitively priced, but 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.

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.

Upon joining a local council, you will be scheduled to attend and Exemplification Ceremony.  At this ceremony, you will complete the first three degrees: Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.  You will be considered a Third Degree Knight.

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 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.

Knights of Columbus Advocacy Throughout History

Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., and a group of parishioners.  Their intent: To bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families. The Order has been called “the strong right arm of the Church,” and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need. KOC Local Council #4160-OLMC was chartered over 60 years ago to serve the Doylestown, Buckingham, New Hope and Bucks County areas of Pennsylvania. Our current members are primarily drawn from OLMC parish; however, transfer members from all areas are welcome.

  • Parish Church: Donations for supplies, equipment, building repairs and improvements for the church. The OLMC annual picnic, Christmas party, altar servers party and awards, the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign, rosary gifts for parish baptisms, and a number of other parish program needs.
  • Catholic School: Annual student scholarships, school supplies, equipment, building repairs and improvements. Special COVID expense items, and the youth ministry/Steubenville bus trip.
  • Fight for Life: Purchased two ultrasound machines for the Legacy of Life Foundation’s pregnancy centers located in Philadelphia and Warminster. Provided operating expense support to the LOLF, Rachael’s Vineyard, A Baby’s Breath, and several other Pro-life organizations. The KOC also organizes and runs the annual OLMC Baby bottle drive that raised over $35,000 in 2023.
  • Catholic Mission Charity: Jordanian Catholic Mission Initiative, Borazon de Maria orphanage, Nigerian Village Empowerment, Holy Spirit Radio, Parish Family Charity.
  • Special Needs Charities: Local Special Olympics, Our Lady of Confidence School, ARC, Best Buddies, The Variety Club for Children and other local charitable needs for the physically challenged.
  • KOC National Programs: Sponsor seminarians (FOCUS), faith growth initiatives on college campuses (RSVP), Coats for Kids, Doylestown Food bank, fraternal charity to KOC members in need, Habitat for Humanity, Baptism Rosaries, and other programs.
  • Local Community Charity: Pine to Pink, COVID related family assistance, KIN Cancer Treatment Center, adopt-A­ Highway, feed the homeless {code blue) Rachel’s Vineyard and a myriad of other local charitable initiatives