Mounted on the shield are three objects:

  • A mace, from Roman days of authority, which must exist in any tightly-bonded and efficiently operating organization.
  • An anchor, the mariner's symbol for Columbus, patron of the Order.
  • A dagger or short sword, the weapon of the Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy.

Therefore, the shield expresses Catholic Knighthood in organized merciful action, and with the letters K of C, it proclaims this specific form of activity.

The colors represent our country.

  • red, the color of stout-hearted courage of pulsing activity and a full measure of devotion.
  • blue, symbolized hope of calmn tranquility under God, and confidence in protecting our country, established under God.
  • white, the symbol of nobility of purpose, purity of aim and crucible-tried ideals to be carried out.

Faith, Hope, Charity
There is more symbolism of red, white and blue.

The ecclesiastical symbolism in which red becomes the reflection of the drops of Christ's redemptive blood, shed upon Calvary, and the Martyr's blood shed in defense of the faith. Red, is then the symbol of Faith, belief in Christ, the Redemption, and the mission of every man to spread the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

White represents the Eucharistic Host, pledge of God's Eucharistic presence among men, the infinite love God had for man, and the overwhelming affection that God has for each individual. White, is then the symbol of Christ-like Charity.

Blue, the color of Our Lady's mantle, in which she draped her beloved Son, through Whom salvation came to a sinfil world. Blue, is then the symbol of Hope.

Brothers, be thus edified of the meaning of this, the noble Emblem of the Knights of Columbus Order. Always wear it with pride, dignity, honor, and be inspired to live the virtues it proclaims.



At the council level there are 17 officers in which 12 are elected. View the Official Knights of Columbus Emblems and Council Jewels for a brief explanation the jewel he wears.


Emblems & Jewels