The Knights of Columbus Rosary

17 Jun

Many religious organizations have designed rosaries to encourage their members to pray. One such organization, the Knights of Columbus, is proud to use the rosary to promote the Catholic faith.

Founded in 1881, the Knights of Columbus is one of the world’s largest fraternal organizations for Catholic men. The organization is dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.

The Knights of Columbus rosary has a center medal showing the emblem of the organization. The shield was designed to remind members of a medieval knight. There are three objects on the shield: a mace, an anchor, and a dagger. The anchor represents Christopher Columbus for whom the organization is named. The mace represents authority. The dagger symbolizes weapons used by knights during missions of mercy.

By their service and dedication, some members are able to reach the level of a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and receive the title of Sir Knight. The picture below shows George Hoffner, father of Helen Hoffner, co-author of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, on the day of his induction to the Fourth Degree in 1971.

The Fourth Degree Induction ceremony honors the knight and his family. The photo below shows Sir Knight George Hoffner with his wife, Gloria Brady Hoffner, co-author of The Rosary Collector’s Guide.

Today the Knights of Columbus continue to promote the Catholic faith and serve their community.

On October 19, 2014, the Rev. John P. McHugh Council of the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, invited Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner to show their rosary collection to the community. The picture above shows Helen Hoffner with Doug Craig, member of the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Gloria Brady Hoffner prepared an exhibit and answered visitors’ questions.


Helen Hoffner and Gloria Brady Hoffner are often able to bring their collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations. To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at


To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and medals, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner. Published by Schiffer Books, this 152 page hardcover reference book has 240 color photographs and provides explanations of many types of rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  There are many excellent rosary prayer books but The Rosary Collector’s Guide is the only book that contains historical information and explanations for the many antique and new rosaries approved by the Catholic Church.   The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available in Barnes and Noble,, The Catholic Faith Store Online, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.




One Response to “The Knights of Columbus Rosary”

  1. The Smiling Pilgrim June 18, 2016 at 4:55 AM #

    Some lovely stuff there 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: