building domestic-church


Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish

“Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis… What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life.”         – Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

“It is in the parish that one becomes engaged with the Church community, learns how to become a disciple of Christ, is nurtured by Scripture, is nourished by the sacraments, and ultimately becomes an evangelizer.  Successful evangelization and catechetical initiatives must be focus on the parish.” – USCCB

Through the Order-wide Building the Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that promote the New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes and grow the Order.

Building the Domestic Church

Knights of Columbus has always been an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith.  By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a “domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish.

Strengthening our Parishes

Knights of Columbus councils have always responded to the most urgent needs of the Church, particularly through charitable and social outreach. In order to support the evangelization of family life today, our councils must be even more fully integrated into our parishes.  As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal and family organization, we have a responsibility to dedicate our time, talent and resources to ensuring that our parishes are beacons of the new evangelization.

Domestic Church Activities

In order to highlight the importance of this new initiative and its impact on our mission, the Supreme Council has announced that this year, at least four major council programs must be designated as “Domestic Church” activities to earn the Columbian Award.

The following programs currently carry the “Domestic Church” activity designation:

. 5th Sunday Rosary Program

. Consecration to the Holy Family

. Family Fully Alive Devotional Program

. Family Week Celebrations

. Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows

. Food for Families

. Holy Family Prayer Program

. Journey to the Inn

. Keep Christ in Christmas Campaign

. Spiritual Formation Groups (ex. Into the Breach)

. CIS – Building the Domestic Church Series

. Simple Supper & Stations

Questions regarding the revised application should be directed to Robert Ennis at Questions regarding the Building the Domestic Church initiative should be directed to the Department of Fraternal Mission at or 203-752-4270

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