Knights of Columbus Name Badges and Products

All Knights of Columbus name badges and products are made by a brother knight. Every item is custom made using a laser engraver. Our glasses are custom laser etched with either a 3rd or 4th degree logo, plus you can add your name, council number or anything more you would like. Our travel mugs, coffee cups and flasks all also custom made to order.  The name badges can also be made differently then what is shown to match what you currently have or would like in the way of layout and color. The items in this online store are for sale to make it quick and easy for you to make a purchase, but we can custom design much more then what is in the online store. Please bookmark this page for when you’re looking for Knights of Columbus council gifts, officer gifts or any custom Knights of Columbus supplies or merchandise. Please call us at 779-324-2550 or use the “Contact Us” form found on the website for personalized service.


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Late-19th century Connecticut was marked by the growing prevalence of fraternal benefit societies, hostility toward Catholic immigrants and dangerous working conditions in factories that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a vital, practical need in his community, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a group of men at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization, the goal of which would be to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies whose membership was antithetical to Church teaching, to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members.

As a symbol that allegiance to their country did not conflict with allegiance to their faith, the organization’s members took as their patron Christopher Columbus — recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America. Thanks to Father McGivney’s persistence, the Knights of Columbus elected officers in February 1882 and officially assumed corporate status on March 29.

In addition to the Order’s stated benefits, Catholic men were drawn to the Knights because of its emphasis on serving one’s Church, community and family with virtue. Writing in The Columbiad in 1898, a year before he was elected supreme knight, Edward L. Hearn wrote that a Knight should live according to the virtues of loyalty, charity, courtesy and modesty, as well as “self-denial and careful respect for the feelings of others.” Fraternity and patriotism were added to the Knights’ founding principles of charity and unity in 1885 and 1900, respectively.