Religious Information Bureau

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Welcome

Religious Information Bureau

"Doing More to Spread the Word in the 21st Century"



Missouri Knights United in Evangelization

The Religious Information Bureau (R.I.B.) was founded several decades ago in order to help non-Catholics learn about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church. This was especially important in a time in which anti-Catholic bias was present in both religious and secular media. Today the R.I.B. continues to by help others learn more about our Church and its teachings. Non-Catholics might take the Home Study Courses through the Catholic Home Study Service in order to learn about Catholicism prior to joining the Church. Catholics also take the Home Study Courses in order to expand their knowledge of Church teachings and the Bible. Through the R.I.B. people can obtain informational pamphlets on various topics related to our Faith. All of these things help our Order's evangelization efforts on behalf of our Church. We want as many people as possible take advantage of this these materials and services, but with more success comes more expenses. Your donations to the Religious Information Bureau are the key to the continued success of this Program.

Another key piece of the puzzle is getting the word out regarding this incredible program.  To do that, we have purchased billboard space at strategic spots throughout the state.  Look for one of these boards during your travels on our state's roadways.  Click on the link below for a map that shows where all of the billboards are located:

Billboard Map

For more information contact:

John Mautino, RIB Director   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RIB Goals

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in RIB Goals

Our 2014-2015 Goal is $285,000.00

Every Missouri Knight Can Help Us Reach this Goal

We ask that every Knight in Missouri to follow the state's request and donate to the Religious Information Bureau by giving at least $7.50 through its Council.  Each member of the Ladies Auxiliary is asked to give $3.75.  Clown Clubs, Fourth Degree Assemblies, Columbian Squires, and Columbus Girls are asked to donate to this worthwhile program.  With a 100% participation from the 42,000 Knights in Missouri we would raise $315,000.  Add $15,000 from the Ladies Auxiliaries and the total grows to $330,000.

How Councils can achieve their Goal

  • Have an R.I.B. donation included with your Council or Auxiliary dues.

  • All Missouri Councils hold various fundraisers through the year. Dedicate the funds from a specific fundraiser to the R.I.B. This will help your Council exceed its quota.

  • Earn a $50 credit for your Council by displaying a R.I.B. Board at a public event. (This credit can only be given once each fraternal year. The application can be found on a FORMS page

  • Do what you can to raise awareness of the R.I.B.  Encourage your parish to use the Home Study Service Booklets and materials for their youth and adult education programs. Hold classes using the R.I.B. materials before, during or after Council meetings. Encourage fellow Knights and others to review the Programs materials.

R. I. B. Awards

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in RIB Awards

Awards for the Year 2014 - 2015

Council Awards: Each Council achieving 100% of their quota will receive a silver plate, and Councils achieving 125% or more of their quota will receive a gold plate, to affix to the Council's R.I.B. Achievement Award plaque. Councils achieving 125% of quota will also be honored with the R.I.B. Apostolate Cross pin.

Special Recognition: All Councils achieving at least 100% of its quota by March 31, 2014 will be inducted into the Circle of Honor Society for the current year, and will receive a Commemorative Certificate of Recognition. The Council's name will be inscribed with all other Councils attaining this award, and will be on display at the State Convention.  Grand Knights whose Councils have attained 125% of their quota will be honored with the R.I.B. Apostolate Cross pin.

A "Special" Plaque will be awarded for the following achievments:

  • Highest Percentage Per Member
  • Highest Gross Amount Donated By An Individual Council
  • Highest Dollar Amount Donated Over Quota

Ladies Auxiliaries: Each Ladies Auxiliary that meets the quotas established under Council Awards will receive the same awards.  The exception being that the pin will be the Ladies R.I.B. Apostolate Cross pin.

District Deputies: In appreciation of their efforts, the Apostolate Cross pin will be awarded to the District Deputies whose Districts attain at least 100% of their cumulative quota.


Catholic Home Study Service

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in CHSS

frluke032Catholic Home Study Service (CHSS), sponsored by the Missouri Knights of Columbus Religious Information Bureau, has been offering free courses on the Catholic Faith for more than seventy years. They help others gain a clearer knowlegde of Catholicism as a step toward becoming Catholic, or just to learn what we believe.

It is located on the campus of Saint Mary's of the Barrens, in Perryville, Missouri.

Rev. Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M. is the Director of Catholic Home Study Service.  Fr. Luke has served the CHSS and R.I.B. causes for many years.

Further details about CHSS can be found here.

And here's the order form for any of the Free Study Courses.

For more information, look at the CHSS web website.


Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Pamphlets

There are many enlightening sources of information on Catholicism available as pamphlets.
These pamphlets are usually displayed in your R.I.B. board.

List of pamphlets :   DOC   or   PDF

To Order Pamphlets, contact:
Catholic Home Study Service
P.O. Box 363, Perryville, MO 63775
(573) 547-4084

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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RIB Board Credit Application

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in RIB Board Credit

Religious Information Bureau - Display Board Credit Application

Click here for on-line submission, or print, fill, and mail the below information.

Grand Knight - Complete and Return To Obtain a $50 credit For Displaying Your R.I.B. Board.

COUNCIL# ___________________ NAME ________________________________________________

COUNCIL LOCATION _________________________________________________________________

NAME OF AFFAIR _______________________________________________ DATE ________________

LOCATION ________________________________________________________________________

ATTENDANCE ______________________________________________________________________

NUMBER OF PAMPHLETS DISTRIBUTED ___________________________________________________


HOW MANY WORKED IN THE BOOTH? ___________________________________________________

TOTAL MAN HOURS SPENT ____________________________________________________________

LOCATION BOARD WAS RETURNED _____________________________________________________

COMMENTS ________________________________________________________________________



GRAND KNIGHT ______________________________________

Secretary / Treasurer
4824 Siegel Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116