[quote="Elizium23, post:9, topic:231019"]
Welcome brother Knight, I am glad you have joined and I hope that you will find some niche in the organization and like to stay.
Now about the secrecy. Only the ceremonials of the Order are secret. Our works and membership are not secret, and if you need to talk to someone about ceremonials, find someone who is in your degree or higher and speak to them confidentially. The ceremonials are secret for this reason: the impact of our degree ceremonies are powerful, and their significance is enhanced by not hearing rumor or even fact beforehand. If you forget what it was like in your own degree ceremony, then you are welcome to attend another one of the same ceremonies, in fact it is encouraged that brother Knights support each other when they are initiated. I personally have been to another first degree and I look forward to seeing again the second and third degrees. Believe me when I tell you that you will understand more of the impact of these ceremonies if you choose to progress in the Order.
Anyone in the first degree may attend Knights Council business meetings. These meetings are held regularly, usually once a month. Those in the fourth degree may also attend Assembly meetings. The business meetings are closed because there is discussion and voting that goes on. I am the Warden of my Council, and that means my primary duty is to check and verify all membership cards are current of those in the Council chambers.
Let me reassure you that there is no secrecy enjoined outside of the ceremonials. You are welcome to tell your friends that you are a Knight. You will be subscribed to the magazine, Columbia and you should also receive a news bulletin, KnightLine. These will inform you about all the benefits of the Order and the good works that we do, as well as the latest word from the Supreme Council and the Holy See. The Knights are known as the "strong right arm of the Church." We are actively Pro-Life and we tend to be patriotic (the fourth degree's charism is Patriotism, but that doesn't prevent anyone else from honoring our country.) The Knights are active in many countries around the world, especially in the Americas and the surrounding islands. I hope you grow in solidarity with all our brother Knights as I have.
thank you for your kind words but I still cannot understand why I cannot share this with my wife. I would be overjoyed if that aspect were removed. I know about all of the good that the organization performs. Can someone here please tall me why I cannot share this experience with my wife even if she swears not to tell anyone? This seems contrary to a Christian understanding of the sacrament of matrimony. There are millions of guys who will keep secrets from their wives but when we became "one flesh" in marriage I am not one of them............... So, should I just leave the K of C?