About Our Council
Piedmont Council is located in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church . The Grand Knight for 2023-2024 is Evan Smith. You can contact the Knights at the address above.
Council business meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 PM alternatively between OLG's Parish Life Center and St. Benedict's Church.
Officers and Directors meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM on the second floor of the Parish Life Center.
Our Council's History
On November 24, 1904 Piedmont Council 939 was founded in Greensboro, North Carolina. We were the second council to receive a charter in North Carolina. Currently,
there are 177 members serving the parish of Saint Benedict's and Our Lady of Grace. In the Calendar year 2018 our council donated $12,112 for charitable causes
and performed 5,325 hours of service to our Church and community.
Four Principles of K of C
All the good works that we do are informed by our 4 core principles.
Charity is the first principle of the Order.
Knights are followers of Christ and men of faith. As St James reminds us “faith without works is dead.” Therefore, as Knights we are committed to charity, easing the plight
of the less fortunate. Charity is the most important of the three theological virtues.
Unity is the second principle of the Order.
In unity there is strength. Existing in an environment that was openly hostile to Catholics, the founders of the Order relied on the strength of unity to remain steadfast
in the Faith while claiming their rightful place in society. Today the Order uses that strength to speak out for Catholic moral values in a culture that has forsaken them.
These include the right to life, the preservation of the traditional family, and other aspects of Catholic social teaching.
Fraternity is the third principle of the Order.
In 19th century America, life insurance was beyond the financial reach of many poor Catholics and social services did not exist. Through the Knights of Columbus men were able
to band together to help one another in times of distress, sickness and death. We also live out this principle through frequent social gatherings and community volunteering.
Patriotism is the fourth principle of the Order.
One of the reasons the Order was founded was to emphasize that Catholics are proud citizens of their country. Today Fourth Degree Knights in full regalia,
the visible arm of the Order, serve to witness to the values of devotion to God and country, the bedrock of patriotism.
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. Applications are available from
any member of the Knights of Columbus. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. The precepts are:.
1. To attend mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation
2. To go to confession at least once a year
3. To receive the Eucharist during the Easter season, preferably more
4. To follow the fasting and abstinence rules set forth by canon law
5. To help provide for the material needs of the Church according to one's own ability
6. To not violate the Church's marriage laws