Is anyone here a member of a catholic fraternal organisation?
I am considering joining one, The Knights of St Columba (ksc.org.uk/); I had considered it for some time, but thought membership was mostly a family tradition for Catholic men, whereas my Dad comes from nominally Protestant lineage.
However, this Sunday they held an appeal for prospective members at Church, (end of the mass), and so I have considered acting on my interest.
I just wondered has anyone experienced negative perceptions or reactions from others, regarding their membership of such an organisation? (eg non-Catholic family, friends or workmates)
Where I am from, it is not uncommon to find perceptions that these organisations are secretive, practice nepotism, or even that they are some Catholic equivalent of the Orange Order, or the Masons.
As an example of these negative perceptions, the Knights feel compelled to state the following on their website:
The K.S.C. is not a secret society. The Order is completely open and potential members may attend meetings.
Admission ceremonies often take place in Church during Mass.
While Catholics know these suggestions are bogus, how do you deal with those who are misinformed, or may perceive you differently due to your membership?
Thanks for any advice.
PS - my own, entirely non-suspicious, reasons for wanting to join are:
It’s a Catholic men’s brotherhood (presently I know only one other practicing Catholic male in a social sense)
To contribute to the good work they do (e.g, for pro-life group SPUC, and for the Catholic Community, such as stewarding at the recent Papal visit here).
The Knights were formed in my City nearly a century ago, I am proud of this and I want to support the continuation of the organisation.