Our commitment to caring began in 1883 at Holy Family Parish in Chicago, Illinois. At that time, impoverished immigrants streamed into the United States seeking a better life. When families lost their breadwinner, friends and neighbors typically collected money to assist survivors financially.
Those collecting money eventually formed associations, generally based on religious or ethnic backgrounds. Often these societies became focal points for community life. Forty-two men saw a need in their community, so they joined together to financially protect their families. They each placed $1 on a wooden desk, which now resides in the Memorabilia Room at the Home Office. COF grew from this foundation and, for more than a century, has aided individuals, families and communities in need. Today, we have more than 119,000 members nationwide. We are licensed in 32 states and Washington D.C.
Each member holds a membership certificate and eligibility for COF’s unique added-value fraternal benefits, which enhance membership and set us apart from other life insurance companies. By offering members fraternal benefits, including scholarships and tuition assistance, we bring Catholic values to life.
Our Home Office is located in Naperville, Illinois, and we are the third largest Catholic fraternal membership society in the U.S.
Our ValuesEncourage flexibility, willingness to change, fairness and compassion
Foster support and provide resources for charitable and fraternal activities, and community, school and church outreach
Listen and communicate openly, while respecting others’ ideas and encouraging initiative
Maintain the highest standard of quality and accuracy
Offer opportunities for personal and professional growth and honor achievements
Recognize our interdependency and the need to work in partnership to secure the Order’s success
Respond to changing needs by developing new products and fraternal benefits that ensure the Order’s growth
Respect life and uphold Christian values and ethics