Phi Kappa Theta
|Phi Kappa Theta|
|Founded||April 29, 1889
October 1, 1919 (Theta Kappa Phi)
April 29, 1959 (merged into Phi Kappa Theta)
Brown University (Phi Kappa),
Lehigh University (Theta Kappa Phi)
merged at Ohio State University
|Motto||"Give, expecting nothing thereof." - St. Thomas Aquinas|
|Flower||red tea rose|
Phi Kappa Theta (ΦΚΘ) is a national social fraternity with over 50 chapters and colonies at universities across the United States. Members are commonly referred to colloquially as "Phi Kaps". The fraternity was formed in 1959 from the merger of two older Catholic fraternities, although Phi Kappa Theta membership is not currently exclusive to any one faith.
Phi Kappa Theta was established by the merger of two fraternities on April 29, 1959: Phi Kappa and Theta Kappa Phi. In 1889, Phi Kappa was founded by a group of Catholic students at Brown University who were refused entrance to other fraternities because of their faith. Later, on October 1, 1919, Theta Kappa Phi (an acronym for "The Catholic Fraternity") was founded by a similar group of students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. The merger of the two fraternities in 1959 was the first of its kind in the history of the American fraternal system. The merger between the two fraternities occurred at The Ohio State University with the first chartered chapter of Phi Kappa Theta located at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Although historically Catholic, Phi Kappa Theta is open for membership to men of any religion, and many of its members are not Catholic. Phi Kappa Theta is currently the only fraternity in the American Fraternal system that is considered a true "merger" of two separate Greek letter organizations.
Phi Kappa Theta is a national social fraternity founded on four ideals: Fraternal (duty to man), Intellectual (duty to self and parents), Social (duty to society), and Spiritual (duty towards God).
Phi Kappa Theta today
Notable Phi Kaps