The grand knight is responsible for the welfare of the council. He presides over council meetings, acts as ex-officio member at all committees, appoints membership and program directors, appoints committees as needed. convenes officers for a monthly meeting, and ensures all necessary reports are submitted to the state and Supreme Council. He countersigns all orders for payment and checks. He maintains working relationships with the council's chaplain, district deputy, field and general agent, as well as with other local service organizations. He has a working knowledge of the Knights of Columbus web site, Officers Online and Member Management. He is responsible for the council's Admission Degree team and the scheduling of frequent Admission degree ceremonials. For more specific duties and responsibilities, refer to the Leadership Resources manual above.

Additional resources.

Further details are available on the Knights of Columbus Training Portal.

The jewel of office for the grand knight is an anchor suspended from a ribbon of purple. The anchor is symbolic of Christopher Columbus, the mariner, who is the patron of our Order. The anchor, for centuries, was also a variant form of the Cross and symbolizes Christian hope. The ribbon of purple symbolizes authority and justice.


The deputy grand knight is second in command. He assists the grand knight with council affairs and fulfills all duties assigned to him by the grand knight.  Presides at council meetings in the absence of the Grand Knight.  He is normally chairman of the council’s retention committee.

The deputy grand knight’s jewel of office is a compass suspended from a ribbon of purple. A compass is the constant guide and companion to the mariner, and was an invaluable tool used by Columbus to guide him to the shores of the New World. The Knights of Columbus “compass of virtue” has 32 flame-like rays; each ray represents a virtue that people can aspire to emulate in their daily lives. The ribbon of purple symbolizes authority and justice.


The Chaplain is chosen annually by the grand knight, deputy grand knight, and board of trustees. He acts as spiritual advisor to the brother knights and familes of a coumcil. He provides his message to members at the beginning of the meeting or whenever it best suits his schedule.


Chaplain's Handbook

The jewel of the council chaplain is a silver Isabella Cross, overlaid with a descending dove, suspended from a ribbon of black. This style of Cross is associated with Queen Isabel of Spain, promoter of the voyage of Christopher Columbus. A Cross is a symbol of hope through atonement, reminding Christians of God's love in sacrificing his own son for humanity. The dove, emblem of the Holy Spirit, represents the gift of the Word of God. The ribbon of black represents strength and authority.


The chancellor assists the grand knight and the deputy grand knight in the execution of their duties and oversees the council in both their absences. He is entrusted with strengthening the members’ interest in council activities. The chancellor is normally chairman of the Admission Committee. The chancellor should be familiar with the Membership Document (Form 100)and the Member/Prospect Interest Survey (#1842).

The jewel of the chancellor is the Isabella Cross, overlaid with a skull and crossbones, suspended from a ribbon of black and white. The Cross represents atonement and the love of God, who sent to us his only begotten Son. The skull and crossbones are symbolic of man’s mortality and the vigilance required to remain faithful at all times. Through the unity of the council, brothers help each other remain steadfast in their faith. The ribbon of black and white signifies strength and goodness.


The recorder is responsible for keeping and maintaining a true and permanent record of all actions of the council. He maintains all correspondence of the council. He reads the bills entered into the minutes for discussion and performs such other duties as the grand knight may direct.

The jewel of the recorder is crossed quills suspended from a ribbon of yellow and white. The quills represent writing, knowledge and communication, and are also symbolic of the recorder’s duty to write and preserve letters and documents (records). The ribbon of yellow and white represents intellect and goodness.


The financial secretary is appointed by the supreme knight, upon recommendation of the council. He collects dues from members through the timely sending of billing notices and initiates retention measures by providing a list of delinquent members tp the grand knight. He ensures that counci's membership records, including email addresses, are kept updated and that new members sign the constitutional roll. He receieves Honorary and Honorary Life membership cards from the Supreme Council and provides them to the grand knight for distribution. He receives the "Surge...with Service" materials each fraternal year from the Supreme Council and sistributes accordingly. He files various reports and membership/transactions to the Supreme Council.