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What Is The Fourth Degree of The Knights of Columbus

The Knight's Of Columbus 4th Degree of Patriotism, Suppliers of Regalia

Supreme Knight
Supreme Knight
The first charter membership of the newly formed 4th Degree of the Knight's Of Columbus was in 1900. They had a Grand Exemplification in New York at the Lenox Lyceum. 1200+ 3rd Degree candidates attended the ceremony.
The 4th Degrees is a select branch of the Knight's of Columbus Order. One has to be 3rd Degree for a year or more to become a member in this highly decorated Patriotic Order.They also do charity work and give many dollars to Catholic Religious, Civic and Charities.
Through obtaining the 4th Degree their lesson is Patriotism. The utmost purpose of the Fourth Degree is to cultivate and exalt the spirit of patriotism and citizenship of the Knight's of Columbus territories and countries through active membership in their 4th Degree Assemblies.Their motto is first God and Country and then the Order of the Knight's Of Columbus. Among the lesson of Virtue they have also learned the lessons of
CHARITY, benevolence, sympathy, amiability, patriotism, submission, unity, obedience.
HOPE, modesty, temperance, patience, self control, fortitude, chastity, prudence
FAITH, piety, gratitude, impartiality, justice, loyalty, equity, honesty
TRUTH, constancy, wisdom, integrity, brotherly love, forgiveness, kindness.
We start off with the Supreme Officers Regalia and duties of The 4th Degree Order. While the 3rd Degree has many COUNCILS, the 4th Degree has but a few ASSEMBLIES per state.
The top is the Master who is in charge of 22 provinces. There are 4 in Canada, 1 in Mexico, 1 in the Philippines and 15 in the US. These are broken down further into Districts which would be states. Each State has a District except for the larger states which would have 2. In each District there are Assemblies. Currently there are 115 districts and the Assemblies are still growing.
There are special Offices that the 4th Degree Knight's can move up to. These are the Color Guards or Honor Guards. Honor Guards have learned the way of the "Manual of the Swordsmen". There are two color's of swords handles that they use. Black and White.

4th Degree Emblem
The Triad Emblem of the Fourth Degree of the Knight's of Columbus features a dove floating over a globe showing the Western Hemisphere which signifies the New World. Columbus was credited for founding the New World. Both are mounted on the Isabella Cross which is a variation of the Maltese Cross. The capes and tunics that were worn while the knights fought for the Holy Land had these crosses on them.
Exemplifying the Union of the Divine Trinity of God the emblem displays these sacred symbols:
1.     The Globe - God the Father and Creator of the Universe
2.     The Cross - God the Son and Redeemer of Mankind
3.     The Dove - God the Holy Spirit and for the Sacrifice of Humanity

Red, White and Blue signify the United States flag in which the Order was founded. All these elements serve as a reminder that the principles of the 4th Degree Knight's Of Columbus Order is Patriotism and is truly a Catholic Order.

Why Join The Fourth Degree
4th Degree Regalia at a Church Dedication

Knight's Of Columbus 4th Degree News


4th Degree Officer Titles. The duties of each are comparable to the duties of the Third Degree of the Order.
Faithful Navigator - also has a white handled sword. The others of the Order have black handled swords.
Faithful Friar
Faithful Captain
Faithful Pilot
Faithful Admiral
Faithful Scribe
Faithful Comptroller
Faithful Purser
Faithful Inner Sentinel
Faithful Outer Sentinel
Faithful Trustee 3rd Year
Faithful Trustee 2nd Year
Faithful Trustee 1st Year

The purpose of the Fourth Degree Patriotism Order of The Knights of Columbus is:
·        To promote and strengthen the spirit of the civic community.
·        To educate its members and other both in the teachings of Holy Mother Church and the history of the nation.
·        To promote by example the highest type of citizenship so necessary for the preservation and perpetuation of Republic form of government and its democratic institutions.
·        To oppose dissemination and spread of doctrine dangerous to our form of government and to the Divine Law of our Faith and morality.
·        To support by word and deed, the duly constituted authorities of local, state and national government, and to recognize excellence in public life.

You will see their presence at church functions such as: First Communions, Weddings, some baptisms, funerals, Confirmations, Easter and Christmas .
They are strong supporters of the Veteran's Administration and the soldiers who have been in the many wars and battles of our times.
Charities and events they promote and are involved in are: local sponsorship for families or individuals in need from extreme circumstances, the Blood Drive, The Chalice Fund, put flags out on the veteran's graves sites on Veteran's Day and many other patriotic and civic functions.

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© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere


The Knight's Of Columbus and Who They Are

Brother Knights
A Local Council Brother Knights. 

A Brief Introduction
There is plenty of information here for those who are interested in learning about or taking their Degrees to become a Worthy Brother Knight. If, by chance, you are seeking more information then is provided here don't hesitate to contact me or leave it in the comments. I will do everything that I can to assist you.

Supreme Master - Carl A. Anderson
Who Are The Knights Of Columbus
The Knight's Of Columbus is strictly for men who are 18 years old and are practising Catholics. Sponsors are important to let the Council know more about the new candidate who is applying for membership. The Knight's Of Columbus is a charity that helps their own and other charities and non profit organizations. Just to mention a few of the organizations that it helps are
Catholic Charities, C-CAP, Loaves and Fishes, Raise funds for Unwed mother's through a Money-filled Baby Bottle Drive, The Handicapped and Mentally Disabled through Tootsie Roll Drives. Scholarships, Retirement Funds for retiring priests, local sports teams, they help raise money for those who are in financial or medical need, they also have FREE Throw and Soccer Contests. These start at the local level and progress to the District and then State levels. Awards are College Scholarships. Other things they do, at least in our area are Kite Flying Day and sell home-made Apple Butter at Fairs.
Within the organization and to help facilitate their organization at a Non-Profit level are Council Dinners and Dances, Church Lenten Suppers, Spaghetti Dinners, Cook Outs, Pancake breakfasts on Sunday's for the parishioners and having one for the celebration of First Communion, Fathers Day Events and various Bingo nights. They are very creative in how they bring money in for their operation and giving back to the community. There are many other awards given and \they will be discussed later.
If you ever see someone standing outside a Grocery Store giving out tootsie rolls, please give, it is for a good cause. You don't have to take the Tootsie roll.
One other thing that needs mentioning is the "Keep Christ In Christmas" Christmas Card fundraiser. It is every Christmas that these cards are sold. If you hear of this please go purchase a box of cards for your Christmas card giving.

Father Michael J. Mcgivney

Father Michael J. McGiveny
·        Venerable Michael J. McGivney | Home Page
Venerable Michael J. McGivney Web site. Father McGivney was the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

The Founder Of The Knights of Columbus
On Oct. 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.
They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith.
These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.
They were Knights of Columbus.

Organizational Chart

Organization of Local Councils
Sometimes the Officers are installed at a Mass. They are lined up in the form of a cross in the following order. Listed are some of their responsibilities
The Guards; Inside and Outside: they are responsible for maintaining order and security of the council meetings.
Advocate Elect represents brothers in all fraternal legal affairs in which your council may be involved.
Trustees Elect (3): guardians of your council’s funds.
Lecturer Elect: His duty is to provide enjoyable, informative, and educational programs for your council.
Treasurer Elect: responsible for funds for the council providing a checks and balance for the financial portion of the council.
The Warden's function is to set up the chamber, keeps the council jewels in proper condition.and provides guidance to the candidates for membership in the council.
Recorder Elect is assigned the important task of maintaining a full and accurate account of all Council meetings and actions
Chancellor's duty is to be the wise advisor for the leaders in the council.
**Financial Secretary. This is an appointed position and will be discussed later.
Deputy Grand Knight's responsibility is to be the Grand Knight's Right Hand Man in all dealings with the council and it's functions. He is also expected to be available should the Grand Knight become unavailable.
Grand Knight is directly responsible for all business relating to the council and for it's success.

The State Chairs 

are run the same as the Council chairs only they operate at the State Level. Those chairs are:
State Deputy, State Secretary, State Treasurer, State Advocate, State Warden, Immediate Past State Deputy (similar to the Trustee's role in the Council).
Beyond the Individual State Officers begins the Supreme Offices and Appointments. The Knight's Of Columbus are in many other countries besides the United States. They are in Mexico, Guam, The Philippines, The UK, Canada and many other jurisdictions.

Degrees, What They Are and Requirements
There are Degrees that one takes to learn in steps to becoming a full fledged Knight. Each degree teaches him something within the church values and within himself. There is a ceremony (secret to anyone but those who work in the degree team. Even I am not allowed to know what goes on in them. These are put on by a Degree Team and must pass some sort of test to get to the next level of Degree.
The First Degree is put on by the Council's First Degree team and teaches Charity
The Second Degree is put on by a District Degree Team and teaches Unity.
The Third Degree, and the most functional of the degrees together, teaches Fraternity In order to be involved in the offices (Chairs) one needs to be Third Degree. The top chair is Grand Knight and the lowest is Guard. The State is in charge of The Third Degree Team.
***The Fourth Degree is a branch off of the Third Degree in that one has to be Third Degree for one full year before one can be a member of The 4th Degree. It is a separate entity of The Knight's Of Columbus which patriotism is it's main principal.

Knights at Work
Doing the annual Tootsie Roll Drive for Mentally Handicapped Children's charity.

Appointed Positions
Each of these offices or chairs also have Awards Presentations.
Grand Knight Appoints
Elector whose function is to choose and puts on the programs for each of the meetings.
Program Director is in charge of the Church, Community, Family, Youth and Council committees. They report their program activities to him.
Supreme Appointments
Financial Secretary, a 4 year term
State Program Director is in charge of the Council Program Director and is responsible for distributing Awards.
District Deputies who are the main informational connection between the Councils in their district and the State Deputy.
Membership Director His job is to insure that each council keeps up with their quota in membership.
****Membership Director, at the council level is appointed by the Grand Knight and on the State level it is appointed by the State Deputy..
The State also has Insurance Representatives who sell Life Insurance Policies to the Knight's. If a Knight should pass away, the widow is taken care of until she passes from this Earth. They care for their own.

Supply Companies
·        Lynch & Kelly, Inc.> Knights Of Columbus
Official Council and 4th Degree Equipment Manufacturer
·        Knights of Columbus Fraternal Supplies -- The English Company
The manufacturer and designated Official Supplier to the Knights of Columbus presenting 3rd and 4th degree supplies for you and your Council or Assembly.

Meetings and Functions
Third Degree Exemplification is a very important and a day of celebration. While the gentlemen go to the degree for the day the Lady's enjoy their own program. The District Deputy and Grand Knight's wives sets up the program
Mid-Year State Meeting evaluates what has been done and what has to be done.
State Convention--Is the highlight of the year. It is highly celebrated with Lady's programs, dinner and dance, Mass and awards given out for yearly achievements. State Officers are elected at this time for the coming Fraternity year.

Looking For A Council In Your Area?

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Council finder with contact information in your area. Fill out the boxes with your information and it will take you to the information you need to get in touch with someone that will help you decide to step up and be a Brother Knight in the Order.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere