Thank You!

Thank you for your interest in joining the Knights!

Becoming a Knight can transform your life. As an adult, practicing Catholic man, with an interest in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith and giving something back to your community, you may well find that joining the Knights of da Gama could be the perfect fit for you. 

We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God, our country, our family and our neighbour. 

What's involved?

Before you commit, you should know that becoming a Knight means more than simply growing friendships with like minded Catholic men you can count on in good times and bad. Right now, there are around 1,500 members who are organised into around 40 local groups, known as Councils, across South Africa. In these local councils you may participate actively in a wide variety of activities that could include:

  • Spiritual activities within the brotherhood, which include rosaries, home masses, corporate masses, retreats, prayer campaigns and training to improve your knowledge of our faith;
  • Participating with your wife and family in a wide variety of social and sporting activities that range from caravanning and camping to golf, hiking and braais at members’ homes;
  • Working closely with your parish priest, perhaps serving as a minister of the Eucharist, a reader, a collector or usher, or being active as a pastoral council member;
  • Assisting many deserving charities in communities in your area and throughout South Africa by raising funds and offering your time and talents, or generally providing support for the needy, for example by supporting homes for women in distress or getting involved in the various Care of the Aged projects that have been developed to assist older people to retire gracefully in an environment of proper care;
  • Receiving support yourself if you are out-of-work or helping fellow brothers and their families to find employment;
  • Becoming a member of the family death benefit scheme that provides immediate cash to your widow in the event of your death, and gaining access to a range of insurance products at competitive rates through the Knights Insurance Brokers, the main insurers to the Catholic Church;
  • Attending, or helping to present, public speaking courses given by knights to members of the Order as well as to high school students, equipping them to present themselves well in their future careers and social occasions;
  • Taking part in actions and campaigns of a regional and national nature in addition to the local projects your own Council may initiate;
  • Assisting bishops at both diocesan and national levels, for example with Papal visits to South Africa, the Right to Live anti-abortion campaign, and other projects where help is needed;
  • Driving the “Put Christ Back into Christmas” campaign which has succeeded in making available reasonably priced Christmas cards with a real Christmas picture and message, erecting nativity scenes in public places with banners and posters to remind everyone of the true spiritual meaning of Christmas; or
  • Participating in the Toys for Happiness campaign that has brought joy at Christmas and at other times to less fortunate children.
The Knights of da Gama is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving the world around them, one community at a time. We stand together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles we cherish while lending our support and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight.

Part of a global alliance

You should also know that our Order is wider than just a national organisation. 

In joining the Knights of da Gama, you become a member of the world-wide International Alliance of Catholic Knights which has fraternal orders of Knights across Africa, America, the British Isles, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. All these orders have the common aim of assisting the Church and its members to live as better Christians throughout our increasingly connected digital world.

Next Steps

So, if you wish to take a stand among the Knights around the world, and you wish to discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and in the lives of the less fortunate around you, please complete the form below so that a Knight in your area can contact you for a one-on-one chat about what is involved in being invited to join the Knights of da Gama in your community. Thank you again for your interest in joining our Order!

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The Catholic Order of the Knights of da Gama is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation (registration number 000-890 NPO), in terms of the South African Non Profit Organisations Act No. 71 of 1997.

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