Fourth Degree

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June 2019 

Brother Knights,

Congratulations to all Sir Knights who have been elected to lead their assemblies! As we prepare for a new fraternal year, please remember to complete Form 186-Report of Officers Chosen by July 1 submitted by the Faithful Comptroller (most easily when signed in to Officers Online).

Form 1315-Annual Assembly Audit Report due August 1 submitted by the Faithful Navigator and at least two trustees. 

The link to ALL assembly forms is 

Every assembly in Indiana should qualify for the Civic Award. This award is a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified by the assembly's program of activities. In order to qualify for the Civic Award, the assembly must conduct and report at least four varied patriotic programs held within the fraternal year. Please note that assembly programs must be patriotic in nature. Programs must be reported on the Civic Award application, completed by the faithful navigator and submitted to: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, Department of Fraternal Mission, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. This application must be received by the Supreme Council office no later than June 30, 2019. The link to the Civic Award is: 

Our next exemplification is Saturday, June 15, 2019 at SS. Francis & Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Greenwood. The registration form and registration letters with full information on the exemplification are posted on the State website. The lady’s social will be a presentation by Dr. Chuck Dietzen on the Shroud of Turin. This presentation has been given at Marian University, Purdue University, and other locations throughout the state and features a life size replica of the Shroud of Turin.

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

Stand for the flag and kneel for the Cross.



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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