Fourth Degree

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February 2019

Brother Knights,

The Indiana State Council was blessed to have the incorrupt heart of Saint Jean Vianney, the patron saint of priests, at two locations in the state.

The first opportunity to venerate the major relic of Saint John Vianney was on Friday, January 4, 2019 at SS Peter & Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. There was an awesome display of the faithful throughout the day, with over 3,000 people venerating the relic. Twenty-five 4th degree Knights of Columbus took part in the events that day, including standing guard at the relic, participating in various prayer services and Mass, and processing the relic in and out of the Cathedral. It was an honor to participate.

The other opportunity to venerate the relic was on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Notre Dame. If you get an opportunity to take part in the services or come to pray at the relic, please do so. It is an experience you will not forget. If you can volunteer to help, please contact Sir Knight Thomas Samper, Color Corps Commander at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and advise your availability

Please remember our next exemplification will be on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Granger at Saint Pius X Church and Parish Life Center. If you cannot make that exemplification there will be out of state exemplifications on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Louisville, and Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Michigan City, MI. Links have been provided for those out of state exemplifications.

Other Indiana exemplifications will be Saturday, June 15, 2019 at SS. Francis & Clare Catholic Church in Greenwood and Saturday, October 26, 2019 in Batesville. Details are being finalized for those exemplifications.

Please contact me if your assembly or council would like to host an exemplification in 2020.   

It’s not too soon to start thinking of submissions for the Civic Award and the To Be A Patriot Award. Please note the application form for the To Be A Patriot award, TBP-2, must be completed, printed out and MAILED to me by April 30, 2019. No submission postmarked after April 30, 2019 will be accepted, nor will faxed or emailed submissions be accepted. Information about both awards are available at

WAYS TO SERVE: (Scroll down to get links to 4th degree materials.)

Our military personnel voluntarily act as the protectors of our nation, standing on the front lines while keeping us safe behind them. When our country needed them, our veterans answered the call to serve.

Now Knights are being called to serve our veterans through a new program: “Serving Those Who Served.” Our goal is to have an active corps of Knights serving as volunteers at every Veterans Administration medical facility in the nation.

Space does not allow for all the information of this worthy patriotic service. For more information follow 


Rick Santangelo

Master, Indiana District

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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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