Becoming a Knight
The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias is a great International Fraternity which was founded in Washington, D.C. on February 19, 1864 by Justus Henry Rathbone. Local lodges are governed by State Grand Lodges which, in turn, are governed by The Supreme Lodge, Knights of Pythias. The primary object of the Order is to promote friendship among men and to provide for the general welfare of its membership. The outstanding principles of the Knights of Pythias are Friendship, Charity, and Benevolence. The Pythian Order does not seek to shape any person's belief, but is the practical application of spiritual and charitable principles of everyday life. We have a heritage of which we are proud and our precepts and teachings lead human beings to higher ideals of life. We invite like minded-men, over the age of 18, of all races and creeds, who are of good character, to join us in making these ideals a reality in modern living.
For information on becoming a member of the New York State Order of the Knights of Pythias please send an email to
Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias, State of New York
71 S. Central Avenue, Suite PH1
Valley Stream NY 11580
Telephone: (516) 739-5000
You may download and print an application to join the Knights of Pythias, in a PDF format, by clicking here. When complete, please email to
To find a lodge outside of New York please visit Supreme Lodge to locate a lodge in your state or province.