Become a Knight and join Marquette Council

Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with more than 1.9 million members. We provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

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

Marquette Council Benefits
As a member of Marquette Council you and your family enjoy many benefits and fun activities, including Mardi Gras events, Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ, Annual Summer Picnic, Cadillac Party, Christmas Party, Crawfish Boils, and much, much more.

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 forms are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. Contact our Membership Director.

Fourth Degree
Any Third Degree member in good standing, six months 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.

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.

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' activities 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. 

Benefits of Membership

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.

Portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families.

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.

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. 

Honorary Life Membership
Free membership at age 70 with 25 years of membership.

Membership Card
Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in nearly 15,100 councils throughout the world.

Participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by local councils. 

Contact Us




Our Leader

Bill Merchan

Grand Knight

General Questions

Contact us



Phil Jones

Financial Secretary


AJ Hingle

Field Agent


Mark Carver


When Does Marquette Meet?
General Meeting

2nd Wednesday
of the month.
Doors open at 6 pm.

Meeting at 7:30 pm.
Dinner follows.
Officers' Meeting
4th Tuesday
of the month.

Doors open at 6 pm.

Meeting at 7:30 pm.

Dinner follows.
Marquette on Wednesday

1st Wednesday
of the month.

Doors open at 6 pm.

No meeting.  

No dinner.

Where Does Marquette Meet?
314 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 

Knights of Columbus
Marquette Council No. 1437
314 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130-3104