The ' Patriotic Degree '
The Fourth Degree was established on February 22nd, 1900 on the principle of patriotism - love for and devotion to one's country. Fourth Degree Knights, or Sir Knights as they are called, focus the majority of their activities on this principle. It is the highest and most prestigious degree within the Knights of Columbus. It is a group of outstanding Knights who are dedicated to the service of the Church, their Country and our Order.
ELIGIBILITY: Any Knight in 'good standing' is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. There is no longer a waiting period to join the Fourth Degree. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in 'good standing'.
Dress Code for the Fourth Degree
The official dress for the Fourth Degree is black tuxedo, black bow tie, plain white pleated tuxedo shirt (NO wing tip shirts), black dress shoes, and cummerbund. Members in ONLY wearing tuxedos must wear the fourth degree lapel pin, social baldric and white gloves.
Color Corp and Honor Guard members are to wear the same tuxedo guidelines, white tuxedo shirt guidelines listed above. With the addition of regalia, Color Corp and Honor Guard members wear their service baldric and the appropriate lapel pin for the Color Corp and Honor Guard.
In preparation for Election Day, the Knights of Columbus is calling its members and all the faithful to join together in a novena to the Holy Trinity through the maternal intercession of the Blessed Mother, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States.
On the days leading up to Election Day — beginning on and concluding on — please join me and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori in invoking the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for our country.
In 1791, America’s first bishop, John Carroll, entrusted the country to the Blessed Mother, and in 1846 the bishops of the United States reaffirmed that dedication, declaring Mary as patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
The novena prayer can be found HERE.
I ask that you promote this national novena widely through the ranks of our brother Knights and their families, as well as at parishes in consultation with your local pastor.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson