4th Degree

0/12/18
4th DEGREE REPORT: Doug Becker stated that the next meeting will be the regular schedule on Oct.
14th at 7:00 P.M.
1/3/17

Bryant R. Sayers, PSD

Arizona District Master

U.S. Army (RET)

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Brothers All;

Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue, the fourth being “Patriotism”. Consequently, the 4th Degree is often known as ‘The Patriotic Degree’.

It was established in New York on 22 February, 1900. The requirements for joining the 4th are that a brother Knight must be a third degree member in good standing, be an exemplary Catholic, and be of sound citizenship of his country.

The Fourth Degree is frequently regarded as an honorary title but should rather be thought of in terms of service to church and country, and the goals of the Fourth Degree may be summarized as the promotion of the ideals of Catholicism and Patriotism side by side.

In more detail, these goals may be stated as:

·       To promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the civic community.

·       To educate its members, and others, both in the teachings of Holy Mother Church, and the history of our nation.

·       To promote by example the highest type of citizenship so necessary for the preservation and perpetuation of republican 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 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.

Therefore, it is not unusual to find Fourth Degree Knights participating visibly in church events, such as Eucharistic processions, and others, and in the community, standing up for the unborn and the elderly at Pro-Life events, and commemorating the sacrifices of previous generations.

The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups called assemblies.

The next Patriotic Exemplification will take place on November 25, 2017 in Gilbert, Arizona. The full packet can be found here:

November Exemplification Packet

November Exemplification Packet Spanish

Please take the time during both Council and Assembly meetings to promote the Fourth Degree Exemplification and encourage Third Degree or lower members to attain the title of Sir Knight. Make sure a candidate receives the full packet of information which includes valuable instructions on what is needed for registration.

Note: Forms can be filled out on your computer then printed. This is the preferred method to ensure legibility.

At this time when our way of life is being challenged both locally and globally, we ask that all men rise up to answer the call of becoming a Fourth Degree member to show that we will publicly defend both our rights and religious responsibilities.

Vivat Jesus!

Bryant Sayers

Arizona State District Master

arizonadistrictmaster@gmail.com

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8/8/17
The recent Supreme convention was also the occasion for a historic announcement: the introduction of the new uniform of the Fourth Degree. After careful consideration, the Board of Directors took this action motivated by the best interests of the Order as whole and of the Fourth Degree in particular. The new uniform is part of a comprehensive and necessary effort to keep our Order relevant and attractive to men, particularly younger men.

In light of this significant change, I thought it would be helpful to address some of the questions that have been asked about the new uniform.

  1. The cape and chapeau, while popular among some Fourth Degree members, have become dated and are increasingly cited as a reason that eligible Catholic men, especially young men, do not join the Knights of Columbus.
  2. Today there are nearly 2 million members of the Order, but only 358,000 of them are Fourth Degree Knights — less than 20 percent. The old regalia was one reason often given by brother Knights for why they did not want to advance to the Fourth Degree.
  3. We understand that some Fourth Degree members are fond of the old regalia. The cape and chapeau regalia will still be allowed, for a time, in those assemblies and districts that wish to use it, though the preference is for the new uniform.
  4. Ceremonial swords will continue to be part of the Fourth Degree.
  5. The new uniform is designed to be much more versatile than the older regalia and can be worn at a much wider range of functions.
  6. Our choice of uniform, while important, has always been ancillary to the work we do carrying out the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, and this should always be the case.

We have been testing the new uniform over the past year with key groups of Knights, including those brother Knights who participate in our annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage. The feedback we received from these groups has been very positive.

During the convention, the Good of the Order Committee spoke in words I wish to make my own:

“We commend all of the faithful Sir Knights who have proudly worn the Fourth Degree regalia, bringing much respect to the Order. With the new Fourth Degree uniform, recently approved by the Board of Directors, this honor and respect associated with Sir Knights will remain, and it will open the door more widely for a new generation to join their ranks. In a spirit of unity, let us assist with a smooth transition to this new uniform and encourage it to be worn with great dignity and pride.”

Fraternally,

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight


Knights of Columbus 
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510

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3/9/17
Our next exemplification of the 4th Degree in Arizona will be 11 June.

Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue, the fourth being “Patriotism”. Consequently, the 4th Degree is often known as ‘The Patriotic Degree’.

It was established in New York on 22 February, 1900. The requirements for joining the 4th are that a brother Knight must be a third degree member in good standing, be an exemplary Catholic, and be of sound citizenship of his country.

The Fourth Degree is frequently regarded as an honorary title with its regalia of tuxedos, capes, chapeaux and swords but should rather be thought of in terms of service to church and country, and the goals of the Fourth Degree may be summarized as the promotion of the ideals of Catholicism and Patriotism side by side.

In more detail, these goals may be stated as:

  • To promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the civic community.
  • To educate its members, and others, both in the teachings of Holy Mother Church, and the history of our nation.
  • To promote by example the highest type of citizenship so necessary for the preservation and perpetuation of republican 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 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.

Therefore, it is not unusual to find Fourth Degree Knights participating visibly in church events, such as Eucharistic processions, and others, and in the community, standing up for the unborn and the elderly at Pro-Life events, and commemorating the sacrifices of previous generations.

The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups called assemblies.

Next exemplification of the 4th Degree in Arizona will be 11 June.  Packet is attached

Bryant R. Sayers, PSD

AZ District Master

Attachments area

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1/29/16,
Last evening, our very own Deacon Dale Avery completed the 4th Degree Exemplification.
As of 01/21/2016, he became Sir Knight (SK) Deacon Dale Avery.
Well done!
Vivat Jesus,
Council 8386, FS,
SK Earl Boggler
The correct 4th Degree web site address is:    az4thdegree.org
3/11/15
Deacon John Mickel made his 4th Degree last Wednesday, 03/04/2015.
It was a wonderful ceremony.
Congratulations from all your fellow brothers…
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10/27/14
During the transition period to the new 4th Degree website, you were able to go to azfourthdegree.org in order to get to the new website,az4thdegree.org. A little while back, the azfourthdegree.org name was retired and has since been taken over by another individual or company.
PLEASE REMOVE AZFOURTHDEGREE.ORG FROM ANY BOOKMARKS YOU MAY HAVE.
The correct web site address to use is:

The registration forms for the upcoming exemplification have been modified to state point to the correct website. When recruiting candidates for theJanuary 10th Exemplification, please reprint and use the latest packet from the website:

Vivat Jesus,
Tom Kato
Webmaster
Arizona State Council and Arizona 4th Degree
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7/8/14
fyi to all knights, if you are a member of the fourth degree and would like to join the color corp come out to the practice on the 12 at Sacred Heart at8:30.
Subject: Call out
We have a practice at Sacred  Heart Church this Saturday July 12 2014
At 8:30 a.m.in the Church.Also Tina confirmed Sunday July 27th @ 5:00p.m. Mass, the Bishop will be hear
for that Mass. The color Corp and as many Knights in Tuxes as we can get.
Second and Third ware their shirts and badges . color corp try to be  there at 4:30Would like to have at least 6 Knights in Regalia.
Please respond to let me know what we have.It is my understanding that there is a pot luck after the Mass.Later Leo
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Degrees in the Knights of Columbus

The Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. These are the virtues of the first through fourth degrees, respectively.

A First Degree exemplification ceremony, by which a man joins the Order, explicates the virtue of charity. He is then said to be a First Degree Knight of Columbus. After participating in the subsequent degrees, each of which focuses on another virtue, he rises to that status. Upon reaching the Third Degree a gentleman is considered a full member. Priests do not participate directly in Degree exemplifications as laymen do, but rather take the degree by observation.

The first ritual handbook was printed in 1885 but contained only sections teaching Unity and Charity. Supreme Knight Mullen, along with primary ritual author Daniel Colwell, believed that the initiation ceremony should be held in three sections “in accord with the ‘Trinity of Virtues, Charity, Unity, and Brotherly love.'” The third section, expounding Fraternity, was officially adopted in 1891
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The Fourth Degree – Patriotism

The Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the order. Members of this degree are addressed as “Sir Knight”. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. Fewer than 18% of Knights join the Fourth Degree, which is optional. A Knight is eligible to join the Fourth Degree after one year from the date of his First Degree, providing he has completed the 2nd and 3rd degrees beforehand.

Logo of the 4th DegreeAs Knights of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degrees meet as a Council, the 4th degree Knights meet in Assemblies. Assemblies are distinct from councils and are led by a separate set of elected officers. The Supreme Board of Directors appoints a Supreme Master and twenty Vice Supreme Masters to govern the Fourth Degree. Each Vice Supreme Master oversees a Province which is then broken up into Districts. The Supreme Master appoints District Masters to supervise several assemblies.

Each assembly is led by a Navigator. Other elected assembly officers include the Captain, Admiral, Pilot, Scribe, Purser, Comptroller, Sentinels and Trustees. A Friar and Color Corps Commander are appointed by the Navigator. Assembly officers are properly addressed by using the title “faithful” (e.g. Faithful Navigator). Assemblies are numbered in the order in which they chartered into the Order and are named by the local membership.

4th Degree Knights Only Fourth Degree Knights may optionally purchase the full regalia and join the Assembly’s Color Corps. The Color Corps is the most visible arm of the Knights as they are often seen in parades and other local events wearing their colorful regalia. Official dress for the Color Corps is a black tuxedo, baldric, white gloves, cape and naval chapeau. White tuxedos may also be used on certain occasions. Baldrics are worn from the right shoulder to left hip and are color specific by nation. In the United States, baldrics are red, white and blue. Service baldrics include a scabbard for a sword and are worn over the coat while social baldrics are worn under the coat. The colors on a Fourth Degree Knight’s cape, and chapeau, denote the office he holds within the Degree. Faithful Navigators and Past Faithful Navigators are permitted to carry a white handled silver sword. Masters and Vice Supreme Masters, as well as Former Masters and Former Vice Supreme Masters, are also denoted by their gold swords.

The need for a patriotic degree was first considered in 1886 and a special plea was made at the National Meeting of 1899. The first Fourth Degree exemplification followed in 1900 with 1,100 Knights participating at the Lenox Lyceum in New York City. Today there are more than 2,500 Assemblies.

source: Wikipedia

If you’d like more information or are interested in becoming a Knight, please see our Membership page.

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Membership

Join the Patriotic Degree

Follow Me Membership CampaignA Guide to Fourth Degree Recruitment
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If you’ve been a Knight for more than six months, and you are a Third Degree Knight in good standing, it’s time to consider taking your journey one step further.

Contact your local Council, the Vice Supreme Master in your area, or the Supreme council today.

Join Us – The Time is Now

• To be a strong role model

• To live, serve and protect the Truth

• To consider the Patriotic Degree

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Please note:  We are trying to establish a “Loan/ donation program” involving any/ all Sir Knights in our council who have 4th Degree Regalia and are not using it. Please consider donating your unused regalia to the new Sir Knights in our council who would like to serve in the Color Corp but cannot afford to purchase it.

The value of establishing our program is to assure the ability for our members to serve in Honor Guard call-outs when asked to do so. Contact person = SK Douglas Becker at: (928-925-4712).

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Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud

For most men who follow Jesus, there comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. That’s what the Knights of Columbus is all about. The Patriotic Degree allows K of C members to take this one step further. “Sir Knight” is more than a title — it’s an honor.

An honor guard of Fourth Degree Knights from Michigan Fourth Degree District #2 looks on as (from left) Vice Supreme Master George A. Dann, Supreme Director Thomas M. Wegener and Joseph Salvia place a wreath at the fallen soldier memorial at Patriarche Park in East Lansing. Following the district’s Fourth Degree exemplification, 216 new Fourth Degree Knights joined other K of C members, an Armed Forces color guard and a bagpipe band for a procession and memorial service at the nearby park.

Vision & Goals

– Standing Firm in Support of the Order

– Proudly Serving the Country

– Unwavering Support of the Faith

– Honoring the Legacy of Knighthood

Emblem of the Patriotic Degree

Fourth Degree Emblem

The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader’s cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans.

Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the most Blessed Trinity.

  • The Globe – God the Father, Creator of the Universe.
  • The Cross – God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind.
  • The Dove – God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity.

The colors of the symbols are:

  • A blue globe with the land of the Western Hemisphere in white.
  • A red cross with gold borders and gold knobs at the end of the points forming the ends of the arms of the cross, also known as the Isabella cross.
  • A white dove.

Red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which the Knights originated. They are used to stress patriotism, the basic principle of the Fourth Degree.

The Color Corps of the Patriotic Degree

Purpose of the Color Corps

General Information
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Protocol
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Individual Drill
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Sword Protocol
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Full Manual
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When knighthood was in flower, knights carried the sword to defend their God, their Church, their country and their fellow man according to the code of chivalry. Today, Sir Knights wear regalia and carry the sword to honor Christ and His apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions specified in this manual. Hence, the primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large.

The Color Corps members exemplify all the principles of our Order:

  •  Charity – by the gift of their time and energies necessary to practice, perfect and perform the ceremonials and sword drill;
  •  Unity – by the united efforts of Sir Knights to practice and perfect a coordinated drill for the good of the Church and the Order;
  • Fraternity – by expressing an “Esprit de Corps,” sharing a common desire for drill excellence and camaraderie; and
  •  Patriotism – by performing precision drill as a salute to God and to country and visually exhibiting a love for both.

The public appearance of Fourth Degree Knights as a Color Corps at religious and civic functions is an important activity of each assembly. Their colorful capes and chapeaux add dignity and the pride of Church and country to any event. By these public demonstrations their loyalties bring credit to themselves and to the Knights of Columbus.

 

Fourth Degree Abbreviation Guide

Supreme Master S.M.
Vice Supreme Master V.S.M.
Master of the District M.F.D.
Marshall M.
Faithful Navigator F.N.
Color Corps Commander C.C.C.
Color Corps C.C.
Color Guard C.G.
Honor Guard H.G.

 

Programs

Patriotic Program Information

Honor Guard“To Be a Patriot”
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Flag Protocol

Get Out the Vote

  • Flyer:  VOTE – “Proclaim liberty through out all the land.” (8.5 x 11 portrate oriented flyer)
  • Poster:  VOTE – “Proclaim liberty through out all the land.” (11 x 17 landscape oriented poster)

Support for Veterans

Columbia Squires

New Military Chaplain Scholarship Announced

Donate to the Military Chaplain Scholarship

The Knights of Columbus has established a new scholarship program to help fund the education of seminarians preparing to become Catholic chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The program will distribute $1 million in scholarship money to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, over a period of five years at a rate of $200,000 per year. These funds, in turn, will help produce a new generation of much-needed Catholic chaplains to minister to U.S. military personnel and their families. Fundraising for the Orderwide project will be led by the Fourth Degree, the patriotic degree of the Knights.

The idea for the scholarship developed during Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson’s recent visit to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. While watching flight-qualifier tests with an assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy, the supreme knight had the opportunity to think about Catholics in uniform and the hardship they face of having to go weeks — and sometimes months — without being able to attend Mass or receive spiritual guidance from a priest.

“It can be very difficult for Catholic members of the armed forces when they’re on forward deployments,” Anderson said. “The U.S. military archdiocese, which supplies Catholic chaplains, estimates that it needs 800 priests to fully serve all of the Catholic men and women in uniform today, but they are only able to supply 280 — barely a third of the number needed.”

The military chaplain scholarship aims to provide a solution to this problem. According to Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, the scholarship money will be dedicated to the archdiocese’s “Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program,” which was initiated to recruit priestly vocations for the military for the benefit of the armed forces as well as participating dioceses and religious orders throughout the country. Through this program, the military archdiocese contracts with each participating diocese to fund 50 percent of the cost of a seminarian’s five-year education — typically $12,500 per year. In return, the candidate agrees that, following ordination and three years of service at a parish, he will commit to serve as a military chaplain under the auspices of the military archdiocese for a minimum of three to five years.

So far, the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program has seen impressive results. Since its inception, the initiative has garnered an increase in co-sponsored seminarians, from seven in 2008 to 30 in 2010.

“These results, while extraordinary, place a large financial burden on the archdiocese, which annually generates only enough funds — 95 percent from donations — to cover its operating costs,” said Archbishop Broglio, who joined the Order in 2007 while serving as the apostolic nuncio of the Dominican Republic. “The archdiocese has no funds on hand to meet the long-term contractual commitments of the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, especially if, as it is hoped, the numbers continue to grow.”

Through this new scholarship, the Order, too, hopes to ensure the future development of the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, this military chaplain scholarship will help fill this need for years to come,” Broglio added. “The Knights of Columbus, over many years, has been most generous in providing much-needed financial support to this archdiocese…. [This] is but the latest instance of the organization’s generosity. For that, I am most grateful.”

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California Back to Top
Father Francis Maynard Assembly in Ukiah and Father Patrick S. Duffy Assembly in Fort Bragg provided an honor guard for a confirmation Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel F. Walsh of Santa Rosa.


Florida Back to Top
Juan Pablo II Assembly in Miami donated clothing and toiletries valued at $1,000 to the Miami VA Medical Center.Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin Assembly in Brandon held a barbecue for patients at a local VA hospital. Knights provided all food for the event and scheduled a performance by the YMCA Zumba Dancers.


Illinois Back to Top
Bishop Raymond P. Hillinger Assembly in North Cook County provided an honor guard for a May crowning at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago. The event took place after the basilica’s weekly perpetual novena, which has been held every Monday night since the 1960s.


Kentucky Back to Top
Bishop Flaget Assembly in Covington, along with Msgr. Bouchet Assembly and Father Bernard A. Spoelker Assembly in Louisville, marched in the annual Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade March 30.


Minnesota Back to Top
Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald Assembly in Rochester presented a U.S. and papal flag to St. John the Evangelist Church.


Missouri Back to Top
St. Louis Assembly provided an honor guard for a local flag raising ceremony. The flag used during the ceremony was donated by Spec. Bryan Hoffman, a veteran of the war in Iraq who presented the flag to the Knights in gratitude for their support during his deployment.


New Jersey Back to Top
Fourth Degree Master Andrew E. Lipenta, along with a Knights of Columbus honor guard, led the Good Friday procession in Merchantville. Knights and parishioners from throughout the area participated in the event.George Washington Assembly in Somerset County provided an honor guard for a May 12 confirmation Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church.


North Carolina Back to Top
Senator Albert J. Ellis Assembly in Jacksonville provided an honor guard for a confirmation Mass at the Catholic chapel at Camp Lejune. The Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Richard B. Higgins of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA. Thirty-seven young adults received the sacrament, many of whom are from military families stationed in the area.


Ontario Back to Top
Father Frederick J. McGinn Assembly in Richmond Hill provided an honor guard for a memorial Mass for Sister Carmelina Tarantino at St. Paschal Baylon Church and to stand witness to the first step on her path to sainthood. Acting with permission from the Vatican, the Archdiocese of Toronto launched an inquiry into the holy and compassionate life of Sister Tarantino, who died in 1992. Sister Tarantino’s brother is also a member of the assembly.Rev. Dan MacDonald Assembly in Trenton provided an honor guard for Bishop Donald Thériault of the Diocese for the Military Services, Canada, when he celebrated a confirmation Mass at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.


Pennsylvania Back to Top
Bishop William J. Hafey Assembly in Wilkes-Barre provided an honor guard for a Blue Mass honoring area emergency service personnel.


South Carolina Back to Top

Members of Hilton Head Assembly gather around Sgt. Maj. Richard Stidley of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade to watch a video of combat operations in Iraq that was filmed from a Black Hawk helicopter. Knights were invited to visit the Hunter Army Air Field in appreciation for their ongoing support for the military. Since 2005, Knights have provided more than $50,000 in phone cards to U.S. troops serving overseas.


Visayas Back to Top

Fourth Degree Knights from throughout Visayas stand outside the Cebu Cathedral before Mass to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Cebu. Among the principal celebrants was Archbishop Edward J. Adams, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines.

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