Our commitment to caring began on May 24, 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 decided to financially protect their families by each placing $1 on a wooden desk to be used to protect any family in need. This desk 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.
The name "Catholic Order of Foresters" refers to us being called to care for our Catholic community. As a forester cares for the forests and animals, we must care for our brothers and sisters in need.
Each member holds an insurance 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.
We have more than 100,000 adult and youth members, and more than 280 local courts. As a fraternal benefit insurance society, we operate under a representative system and hold a National Convention every four years. (Learn more about this process here.) COF is licensed in 32 states and Washington, D.C. Our product portfolio includes Term Life, Whole Life, Universal Life, and Annuities.
Our Home Office is located in Naperville, Illinois. The award-winning team here is comprised of more than 80 individuals. The team has earned a LOMA Excellence in Education Award, COF earned a 2017 Esteemed Partner Award from Catholic Charities - Diocese of Joliet, and Catholic Forester (COF's bi-monthly magazine) received Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) in 2017 and 2018.
Learn more about our passion for Catholic values in this video.
Click on these images to access the Opening Prayer, Prayer for Vocation, Closing Prayer, the Rosary Guide and the Prayer for Deceased Members.