Supreme Lodge Knights of Pythias

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

About the Order

Peace Through Understanding
The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias and its members are dedicated to the cause of universal peace. Pythians are pledged to the promotion of understanding among men of good will as the surest means of attaining Universal Peace. We believe that men, meeting in a spirit of goodwill, in an honest effort of understanding, can live together on this earth in peace and harmony. We seek those who agree with this belief, and have a belief in a personal Supreme Being, to join our ranks in an effort to reach "Peace Through Understanding".
The Pythian Story

The Order of Knights of Pythias is a great international fraternity which was founded in Washington, DC, February 19, 1864, by Justus H. Rathbone, and embraces more than two thousand subordinate lodges in the United States and Canada, with occasional lodges having been formed elsewhere. The primary object of fraternal organizations is to promote friendship among men and to relieve suffering. Each organization adopts some outstanding principle as its objective. The individuality of an order is determined by its ideal sentiment. The distinguishing principles of the Order of Knights of Pythias are "FRIENDSHIP, CHARITY and BENEVOLENCE".

Pythian Principles
The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias promotes cooperation and friendship between people of good will.
Rathbone Monument

Supreme Council at Ratbone Monument New York State Historical Marker

On August 8, 1999, members of the Supreme Council of the Order of Knights of Pythias, led by Supreme Chancellor Stephen Vickness, gathered at the Rathbone Memorial in New Forest Cemetery in Utica, New York, to rededicate the monument.

The Monument is located at GPS coordinates

43.071145 N,-75.24446 W

Get a Google map of the monument location by clicking here.

The Rathbone Heritage Society offers the opportunity to purchase engraved names at the Memorial