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.
Qualifications to become a Fourth Degree member
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 with their council to remain in 'good standing'.
Membership in the Fourth Degree is through an "Assembly". If you meet all of the above qualifications, please contact the Assembly of your choice to submit your application. Your Grand Knight or the District Master can assist you in making contact with the Assembly.
Dress Code for the Fourth Degree
NEW UNIFORM GUIDELINES
(As of August 14, 2017)
Additional District Guidelines:
All District and Assembly officers are asked to help control the rumor mill and, especially, don't add your own speculative or criticizing comments. As leaders, we need to unite behind our Supreme Knight, Supreme Master, Board of Directors and our Vice Supreme Masters to support this change. Regardless of your personal feelings about the new uniform, it is your duty as leaders to not only support the decision of our Board of Directors but to stand up against any and all opposition by your members.
Remember, we have taken oaths in all four degrees to obey and support the Laws and Rules of our Order and our superior officers. Now is the time to not only do that, but to lead by example. We have all experienced many changes and we have all survived those changes. The Fourth Degree uniform change is just another change.
Thank you for your patience and loyalty to our Order as we work together to implement this directive from Supreme. The definitions of the program are still evolving. Don’t believe anything you hear unless it comes from the District Master or Vice Supreme Master.