The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, is a leadership and character development program for Catholic young men, 10-18 years old.

Founded in 1925, the Columbian Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 30,000 Catholic young men in over 1,400 local parish units, called Circles, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad.

A Squires Circle is designed to be run by and for young men. Squires have fun, meet new friends, travel, play sports and socialize. Squires are involved in promoting vocations, marching in defense of unborn life, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, supporting Special Olympics and promoting Catholic education, among countless other activities. Thus, the Squires Circle is an athletic team, a youth group, a social club, a cultural and civic improvement association, a management training course, a civil rights organization and a spiritual development program all rolled into one.

Leader Development 
Opportunity to build personal leadership skills.

Events & Activities

Participation in a variety of family, youth, social and athletic programs and activities conducted by local Circles.

College Scholarships

Eligibility for college Scholarships.

K of C Rosary

Blessed rosary by the Supreme Chaplain.

The program is structured with five levels of achievement:
• The Page
• The Shield Bearer
• The Swordsman
• The Lancer
• The Squire of the Body of Christ

The Squires program is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after Christ. Squires are involved in programs that benefit the Church and community as well as in recreational and social activities sponsored by local Knights of Columbus parish Councils and Assemblies.

Squires Circles are designed to be run by and for young men under the guidance of several Knights who serve as counselors. Squires are given the opportunity to take charge and lead by running their own meetings, empowering their own members, setting their Circles’ agenda and implementing their own program of activities.

If you are a Catholic young man, 10-18 years old, and you want to meet new friends, travel, play sports, have fun and make a difference, you should join the Columbian Squires today!

The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, was established under the direction of Brother Barnabas McDonald on August 4, 1925. According to Brother Barnabas, “The supreme purpose of the Columbian Squires is character building”.

With that purpose in mind, there can be few undertakings more important than developing your Catholic leaders with beliefs and values that will define their character for a lifetime. Thus, the Order wide goal of the Knights of Columbus is to have “A Circle in Every Council”. The importance of a Squires Circle should not be underestimated. A circle helps mold young Catholic men into the strong leaders of tomorrow, while preparing these Squires for their future as active, contributing members of the Knights of Columbus.

Please consider starting a new Circle or reinstituting an inactive Circle today. All you need is at least 10 Catholic young men, between the ages of 10 and 18, and a few of their fathers and/or other Knights to be their counselors. Contact the California State Council Squires Committee for information and assistance with the development of a Columbian Squires Circle in your Council or Assembly today.  In addition, new circles must have the approval of the local pastor and be integrated into the parish’s youth activities or program.


Armando L. Mena
Columbian Squires
California State Chairman