The Creed of Phi Kappa Psi
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The Creed of Phi Kappa Psi
John Henry Frizzell, Massachusetts Alpha 1898,
and Kent Christopher Owen, Indiana Beta 1958;
adopted by the 1964 Grand Arch Council.
believe that Phi Kappa Psi is a brotherhood of honorable men,
courteous and cultured, who pledge throughout their lives to be
generous, compassionate, and loyal comrades;
believe that I am honor bound to strive manfully for intellectual,
moral, and spiritual excellence; to help and forgive my Brothers;
to discharge promptly all just debts; to give aid and sympathy to
all who are less fortunate;
believe that I am honor bound to strengthen my character and
deepen my integrity; to counsel and guide my Brothers who stray
from their obligations; to respect and emulate my Brothers who
practice moderation in their manners and morals; to be ever
mindful that loyalty to my Fraternity should not weaken loyalty to
my college, but rather increase devotion to it, to my country, and
to my God;
believe that to all I meet, wherever I go, I represent not only
Phi Kappa Psi, but indeed the spirit of all fraternities; thus I
must ever conduct myself so as to bring respect and honor not to
myself alone, but also to my Fraternity;
the fulfillment of these beliefs, of these ideals, in the noble
perfection of Phi Kappa Psi, I pledge my life and my sacred honor.
of this creed do not conflict with the Ritual of the Fraternity,
however some are not part of the Phi Kappa Psi Ritual and are not
official statements by the Fraternity except to the extent implied
by the adoption of this creed; also, this creed omits certain
important concepts and obligations of the Ritual; therefore, it is
not correct to consider this creed to be a summary of the ideas of
Fraternity House Creed
C. F. "Dab" Williams, Illinois Delta;
adopted by the 1963 Executive Board.
FRATERNITY HOUSE SHOULD BE
1. It should be a place where a better environment for the
pursuit of academic work can be secured than outside the chapter
2. It should be a place where a better cultural atmosphere
can be found than outside.
3. It should be a place were character is formed, not
4. It should be a place where habits of responsibility
industry, and leadership are recognized for their real value and
are seriously cultivated by members and pledges.
5. It should be a place where members "practice what they
preach"; where the younger men are appealed to by the examples of
the older men. In such a fraternity younger men are not driven to
give adherence to regulations which the members violate with
6. It should be a place where the ideal of the chapter is to
aid rather than hinder, the educational progress of the college.
7. It should be a place where such a warm congeniality of
personal relationship between the men exists that the outsiders,
looking in, will desire to share in the privilege of membership.