Knights to Christ

Retreat Details

Knights to Christ book can be used as a Council Retreat by following a special format developed for Knights, by Knights.

The objective is to provide the opportunity for Brother Knights to share their innermost spiritual beliefs and experience. The approach is to facilitate faith-sharing through “Knight to Knight sharing” in small groups, using the “Knights to Christ” meditations as spiritual tools for expression. The Retreat Facilitator’s mission is to establish a “comfort level” for open and uninhibited sharing; to establish a prayerful atmosphere; and to guide the Retreat efficiently.

The Knights to Christ Retreat focuses on the 4 guiding Principles of the Knights of Columbus: Charity, Fraternity, Unity and Patriotism. These guiding Principles are thoroughly exemplified in the Meditation book, “Knights to Christ.” Further, pertinent questions at the end of most of the readings in the Book provide the means to explore our personal reflections on the subject matter.

Download the Turnkey Retreat Guide in Adobe PDF format.

Contact Retreat Director Joe Gill via email at

What does a Retreat do for your Council?

Well, until you have one, you will not know.

When Saint Jude Council #16052 became a Council in October of 2014, we were a mix of men from 3 Councils as well as new members.

We held our Retreat in January 2015.

What an amazing gift this turned out to be for us. Not only was it the first ever Knights to Christ Retreat, but it was the foundation that ignited Brotherhood that still continues to grow from this day. We are almost approaching 4 years as a Council and we have grown from 60 members to over 100 currently. We were in the top 25 of Councils in the State, finished 2nd in the Red division for service awards, received Double Star Council as well as the prestigious Contest of Champions award for 240% of membership growth.

Our second year, we received Star Council, finished first in the Purple division and was awarded the States Church Service award.
Why did all this success cone our way as a brand new Council? Well the answer is simple. We all gathered together outside of a meeting and did a Retreat. Men who have known each other for 10 plus years, got to learn more about the men we thought we knew so well.

Which in turn created stronger friendships and a Brotherhood that most Councils seem the be lacking in.

Our Council continues to hold Retreats and we are continually seeing the benefits from them. We have done 3 so far and will always have one for every year in the future.

Contact the Knights to Christ Spiritual Enrichment Team to get your packet and do a Retreat. Our Council chooses to have our Retreat at Mother Cabrini Shrine, (I highly recommend the setting), it is an all day event with Mass at the Chapel afterwards. The facility provides a breakfast and lunch as well as an environment to grow your Faith, Brotherhood and Love for the Knights of Columbus and our Catholic Church.


Jim Bentley
PGK Saint Jude Council 16052
Saint Jude Catholic Church
10/7/2014 to 7/1/2017