Fourth Degree

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May 2022

Brother Knights,

I pray that you had a Happy and Blessed Easter.

Please remember that there is an in-person exemplification on Saturday, May 21 in New Albany, hosted by Father Badin Assembly #244 with Mass at Saint Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church.

Looking ahead to the next fraternal year:

Please remember that Form 186-Report of Assembly Officers Chosen must be submitted by July 1, and the Annual Assembly Audit Report, Form 1315 must be submitted by August 1.

Please remember that per the FAITHFUL COMPTROLLER’S HANDBOOK:

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The faithful comptroller and faithful purser are bonded, at no charge to the assembly, in the amount of $5,000 when the appropriate Officer Reports are processed at the Supreme Council headquarters. Assemblies may request additional coverage — at a cost of $7 per thousand — by writing to the supreme secretary.

Additional information on bonding: Bonding is on the offices of the faithful comptroller and faithful purser, not the persons holding the positions. Bonding on the covered officers is limited to $125,000 of total coverage per assembly, including the provided $5,000 of coverage on each officer. Bonding runs from March 1 to the end of February, and any charge for additional coverage is posted on the assembly account annually in March or April. The charge is prorated if purchased at another time during the year.

Bonding coverage is applicable only to assemblies who have properly completed the two most recent assembly audits, which must be on file at the Supreme Council headquarters.

Pray for all our servicemen and women, policemen and women, firefighters, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and all those on the front lines of COVID-19. May God continue to protect them and their families.

Always remember that, as Knights of Columbus, we stand for the flag, and kneel for the Cross.


SK Rick Santangelo, PFN
District Master Indiana
Fr. Sorin Province
Knights of Columbus 
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"Our principles are just words if we do not live them out." Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight


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The Fourth Degree, also known as the Patriotic Degree, is the highest degree of the Knights of Columbus, and it exists to foster the spirit of patriotism, enlightened by our Catholic Faith. It is a rewarding way to combine our Catholic heritage with our love of our country. 

The Fourth Degree is patriotism in action, i.e. Honor guards at Mass for confirmations, funerals, and memorial services, in addition to Color Corps representation at federal, state and local ceremonies, such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies. The Fourth Degree is a visible reminder of our service to the community.

History of the Fourth Degree

In 1886, four years after our Order was established, Supreme Knight James T. Mullen proposed the patriotic degree and the Supreme Board of Directors approved the formation of the Fourth Degree in 1899. Along with the addition of “patriotism” to the Knights’ principles in 1900 came the first exemplification of the Fourth Degree which was held on February 22, 1900 in New York City with a class of 1,100 Knights. 

The Fourth Degree is currently organized into 21 geographical units known as provinces. Our province consists of the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and is referred to as the Father Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C. Province. The executive officer of the Fourth Degree is the Supreme Master.

The executive officer of the province is the Vice Supreme Master.  A province is further divided into districts, which normally (with few exceptions) coincide with state boundaries.  Each district is presided over by an executive officer, the Master. Currently, there are 122 districts.

The Fourth Degree is the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus, and it comprises over 17% of the membership of the Order.  The distinctive regalia of Sir Knights make them the most visible arm of the Order to the public.

Purpose of the Fourth Degree

  • 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

The Fourth Degree, both collectively and individually, supports those religious, civic, and charitable causes which are designed to implement one or more of these five objectives.



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