The Knights of the Holy Rosary of Our Lady of Fatima is an organization of men and women, as well as boys and girls, who seek the salvation and greater sanctification of their souls, and that of others, by following the requests of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917, with a special emphasis on a visible public witness to the Catholic Faith and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Holy Rosary. (Women and girls my join as either Dames or Knights of the Holy Rosary).
The term “Knights” is employed in order to emphasize the reality of Spiritual Warfare in which we are engaged: against the spirit of the world, against the disordered appetites of the flesh, and against the Devil. Our weapon of choice is the Rosary, which Our Lady of Fatima repeatedly asked that we pray every day.
The Knights’ motto is “Oratio, Poenitentia, Castitas,” which is Latin for “Prayer, Penance, Chastity.”
The only requirement for membership in the Knights is:
1. A desire to stop sinning;
2. A willingness to observe chastity according to one’s state in life; and
3. A willingness to pray and promote the Holy Rosary.
What distinguishes the Knights of the Holy Rosary from other organizations which promote the message of Fatima and the Rosary is:
1. Its emphasis on a visible public witness to the Rosary, to the Fatima Message, and to the Catholic faith, especially by the wearing of Knights apparel (clothing, patches, etc.) wearing one’s rosary on one’s belt, and/or having other visible signs of one’s affiliation with the Knights. This visible public witness to the Faith is seen as an important antidote and counterweight to the increasing marginalization of religion, especially Catholic belief and practice, in our ever-increasing militantly secular, immoral, and anti–Catholic society and culture. Such witness says, “I’m a Christian, I’m devoted to Mary and the Rosary, and I’m proud of it, and proud to publicly manifest that I am a Knight (or Dame) in the service of the Queen of Heaven.”
2. Its simplicity of organization and inclusivenes, (no required meetings, no dues, no offices).
3. Its various degrees of membership, including Associate (called by the Latin name “Socios”), Militia, and Cavalry (called “Equites”). The Cavalry ride motorcycles. (See Membership)
3. Its promotion of the Catholic faith and prayer, especially the Rosary, through the social contacts one makes on account of one’s visible public witness to the faith and affiliation with the Knights; and through encouraging its members to carry with them whenever possible: blessed Rosaries, as well as Rosary leaflets, Catholic leaflets and booklets, etc. for distribution.