Fourth Degree

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September 2020 

Brother Knights,Brother Knights,

There was a virtual exemplification on Saturday, August 29, 2020 with a great turnout. We were especially pleased that five priests and 60 laymen received the honors of the Fourth Degree. This was the most priests exemplified in a long time, and we welcome them and their words of wisdom to our assemblies.

The November 7, 2020 exemplification originally scheduled for Muncie has been changed to a virtual exemplification due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Let us pray that we can return to physical exemplifications in 2021.

Tentatively put on your calendars upcoming exemplifications in February, May, August, and November 2021. Dates and locations to be determined.

Don’t forget to submit Form 186, Report of Officers Chosen and the Annual Assembly Audit Report 1315. Of the 50 assemblies only 17 have submitted Form 186 and 14 have submitted Form 1315.

Also, please remember to submit your monthly newsletters as one of the seven requirements for the Star Assembly Award.

If your Assembly or Council would like to host an exemplification, please feel free to contact me at the email below or call me at 317-862-4137.

Stand for the flag and kneel for the Cross.

VIVAT JESUS!

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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