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.
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.
Eligibility for college Scholarships.
Free subscription to the Orders’ monthly newsletter examining issues of concern to Squires.
K of C Rosary
Blessed rosary by the Supreme Chaplain.
Entitlement to all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in over 1,400 Columbian Squire Circles throughout the world.
The program has the goal of recognizing and rewarding each Squire for acquiring the skills and attitudes of Catholic leadership as he moves towards becoming a Knight.
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
Each level is designed to guide a Squire through a process of learning and growth, while he masters certain activities and develops leadership skills. Each level also requires a specific number of achievements in four categories: Home and Family; Squires and Knights; Community and Country; and Church.
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! Contact Us to learn more.
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.
LEARN MORE from Supreme for information and assistance with the development of a Columbian Squires Circle in your Council or Assembly today.
What is the Building the Domestic Church initiative?
- This initiative refers to activities focused on promoting the new evangelization, strengthening our parishes and growing the Order. It is designed to help our members and their families reflect the holiness of the universal Church. In promoting each family as a domestic church, the Knights of Columbus primarily seeks to integrate our members and their families more fully into the sacramental and social life of the parish.
What do these changes mean for active Squires circles?
- If a council has an active Squires circle, the grand knight and Squires counselor should meet with the pastor to discuss how the Squires circle may be more fully integrated into the parish’s existing youth ministry. Active Squires circles may continue serving and recruiting boys according to current practice. The Supreme Council will continue to provide support materials to the circles.
How should councils begin engaging in parish youth ministry?
- Grand knights should meet with their pastors to discuss the role that council members and their families can have in supporting parish-based youth ministry programs and activities. These can also incorporate Knights of Columbus youth programs, such as the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge. Youth Activity chairmen should act as a liaison with the parish youth ministry team in order to determine how the council can best support parish youth activities.
Will the Supreme Council provide any resources for youth activities or ministry?
- The Supreme Council will continue to provide resources through its various existing youth activities. Additionally, more materials relating to faith formation will become available as the Supreme Council continues to expand the Domestic Church program in the months ahead.
Is there a date set at which circles are to cease operations?
- At this point, no. The Supreme Council will continue to monitor and evaluate the program over the course of the next year. However, councils are not encouraged to form new circles, and inactive circles should be disbanded.
Should currently active circles continue to recruit new members?
- Yes, with the understanding that the program may evolve to meet the needs of the parish’s youth ministry. Will the Squires Advancement program still be supported? The Supreme Council will continue to support the Squires Advancement program and provide other resources that are currently supplied to active circles.
Will the Supreme Council accept applications for new circles?
- If a council has met all the requirements, the Supreme Council will authorize the formation of a new circle. However, as stated above, new circles are not encouraged and existing circles may eventually be integrated into parish youth ministry.