What Does Chapter Do For You

OC Logo2Bjpg-200Orange County Chapter of the Knights of Columbus was instituted in 1971.

The primary purpose of the Chapter shall be to promote the well-being of the Order.  Chapter activities shall not be in competition with state or council activities. Any funds raised from any activity shall be dedicated for charitable, educational or religious purposes.

The Chapter Officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each chapter officer shall serve a one year term. Members who have served two terms as a chapter officer shall be ineligible for re-election to such office. The qualifications for the Chapter Officers are the same as for the Officers of Member Councils.

The chapter’s representatives shall consist of: (l) the Grand Knight and two elected representatives from each member council, (2) District Deputies within the Chapter’s jurisdiction, (3) the State Deputy, (4) the Chapter officers, and (5) any current Supreme Director residing in the state. Each representative is entitled to one vote.

In the event a council representative is unable to attend a Chapter meeting, the council’s Grand Knight shall appoint a temporary alternate to replace the representative. The temporary alternate shall have the same authority as the elected representative. If the State Deputy is not able to attend the meeting, the State Deputy may appoint an alternate to attend on his as a voting member of the Chapter.

Orange Diocese Chapter serves the 50 Councils in the Diocese of Orange. 


  • Our primary purpose is to provide organization, communication and support services to the councils in Orange County.  We also take on projects as directed by the Bishop of the Diocese and promote participation in Chapter, State and Supreme programs.
  • Chapter coordinates our annual drive for the Columbian Foundation for the Intellectually Disabled.   These funds are donated to Re-Creation Camp, a summer camp program sponsored by the Diocese of Orange.  The program offers special needs children and adults an opportunity to enjoy a week-long camping experience.  Many councils also help support Special Olympics activities in Southern California.   
  • Each year, the Chapter sponsors Clergy Night Dinner to show our support for our priests and religious brothers and sisters. 
  • Chapter meetings provide an opportunity to share ideas and programs with other councils.  The meetings are a chance to learn what works in other councils and how these programs could help you.
  • Chapter officers, Committee Chairs and District Deputy Mentors are ready to help you and your council with membership and programs.
  • Chapter sponsors a hospitality suite at the State Convention each May.  Food and refreshments are available for all of our brother knights.
  • Each year, Chapter provides special training programs for council officers and District Deputies.
  • Chapter publishes a monthly Ceremonial Schedule for all degrees in the Diocese of Orange. 
  • Annual Day of Sharing Carnival for Intellectually Disabled each April.
  • Social Media:  The Chapter website (ockc.net) and the Chapter facebook page provides information for councils and affords an opportunity to publicize your council events. 

Chapter Chairman Coordinate Programs for Councils

Basketball & Soccer Ceremonials Culture of Life
Essay & Poster Fairview Father McGivney Guild
ID Drive & Special Olympics Membership Growth New Councils/Roundtables
Retirement Home Vocations Wheelchairs