The Catholic Knights of America was a fraternal life-insurance organization founded in 1877 by James J. McLoughlin, D.N. Burke, John Broderick, and John MacDonald as an alternative to secular fraternal orders. Its first objective was to unite fraternally all Catholics of every profession, business, and occupation. Secondly, the Knights wanted to give moral and material aid to the members by holding scientific lectures, encouraging each other in business, and assisting each other in employment searches. Lastly, they aimed to establish a death benefit not to exceed $1000 dollars. Its patron saint was St. Joseph, Protector of the Christian Home. The society lasted until 2005, when it was merged into the organization of the Catholic Knights, which now forms part of the organization Catholic Financial Life.