Arizona State Council Knights of Columbus - Fraternal Year 2018-2019

Welcome to the patriotic degree

assembly 1673 - installation of officers october 25, 2018

Assembly 1673 held their  4th Degree Installation of Dinner at the Corte Bella Country Club in Sun City, West, AZ.  There were 50 Knights of Columbus, their wives and guests.

The celebrant for our Mass was Father Henry Dahl, Faithful Friar of Assembly 1673, assisted by another Knights of Columbus Ron Rinder (Altar Server) also Financial Secretary for Council 11809.

Presentation of Colors was by Assembly 1673 Color Guard.  Color Corp Commander Henry Bianco was assisted by SK's Gene Comstock, John Mahoney, and Jim Cavalier.

SK Joseph Shanks was the Master of Ceremonies.  Arizona District Master SK Bryant Sayers , assisted by District Marshall SK Michael Paz presided over the Installation.

The highlight of the nights festivities was the announcement of the Knight of the Year for Assembly 1673.  The honor went to SK Larry Loseke, who also has been a Knight of Columbus for 50 years. He received the certificate from Past Faithful Navigator Richard McManus. Congratulations SK Larry Loseke, well deserved.

The installed Faithful Officers for Assembly 1673 were:

Faithful Navigator               SK James A. Gnotta

Faithful Captain                    SK Joseph W. Shanks

Faithful Pilot                           SK Paul M. White

Faithful Scribe                       SK Thomas. A. Kammeier

Faithful Purser                      SK Martin Bartel

Faithful Comptroller         SK Gene W. Comstock

Faithful Admiral                   SK Richard F. McManus

Faithful Inner Sentinel     SK Henry J. Bianco

Faithtful Outer Sentinel SK Kenneth J. Heuman

Father Henry J. Dahl, Faithful Friar

Deacon Stan Giza, Spiritual Advisor

Faithful Trustees:

One Year          SK Fred C. Brown

Two Year          SK Larry L. Loeske

Three Year      SK Mike R. Armstrong

Uniform FAQ

The Fourth Degree uniform is worn by those who have reached the highest levels of the Knights of Columbus, are at least 18 years of age and have been a Third Degree member in good standing. Each degree is associated with one of the four virtues of the Knights, with patriotism being associated with the Fourth Degree.

Arizona District Masters

Assemblies are similar to councils.  This is a very large responsibility, headed up by what we call a “District Master”, similar to the District Deputy in the 3rd Degree.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Knights of Columbus recognized that the Pledge of Allegiance is a “fundamentally patriotic exercise, not a religious one.”* Recognizing the fundamental role of religion, especially Christianity, in sustaining a morally sound nation the Knights sought to include the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance in August of 1952.

Supreme Q&A on New Uniform (pdf)


Arizona District Masters (pdf)


Pledge of Allegiance Fact Sheet (pdf)


New Drill Manual

This manual provides the accepted drill procedures of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. It has been developed for use by Fourth Degree Color Corps as a standard for uniform drill procedures; Honor Guard/Color Guard procedures; and the Manual of the Sword.

Uniform drill procedures will enable individual Sir Knights to drill with other assemblies, and will facilitate participation of entire assemblies to drill as a part of a larger unit. Sir Knights can drill with confidence of knowing that their participation will be compatible anywhere.

State Assemblies

It is the responsibility of the District Master of the Fourth Degree in the Arizona District to ensure that his assemblies are functioning, growing, and serving within his district.

Chalice Ceremony

The Knights of Columbus Memorial Service has been designed for use at the wakes of members of both the Third and Fourth Degrees. It is understood, however, that the traditions of assemblies may differ from those of councils, specifically in the presence of an honour guard and the presentation of a chalice. Nevertheless, the Rosary should be prayed at the wake of every brother Knight (family and pastor permitting). For a member of the Fourth Degree, it is desirable that councils and assemblies work together so that one jointly sponsored prayer service is offered instead of two separate ones. 

4th Degree Color Corps Manual Dated February 2018 (pdf)


4th Degree State Assemblies (pdf)


4th Degree Chalice Ceremony (pdf)


Annual survey of fraternal activity worksheet/report form

Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity - Individual Member Worksheet for Assemblies (pdf)


Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity Report Due December 31st - Form 1728 Date 10-2018 for Assemblies (pdf)


Patriotic Degree Exemplifications


Brothers All;

     Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue, the fourth being “Patriotism”. Consequently, the 4th Degree is often known as ‘The Patriotic Degree’.

It was established in New York on 22 February, 1900. The requirements for joining the 4th are that a brother Knight must be a third degree member in good standing, be an exemplary Catholic, and be of sound citizenship of his country.

     The Fourth Degree is frequently regarded as an honorary title but should rather be thought of in terms of service to church and country, and the goals of the Fourth Degree may be summarized as the promotion of the ideals of Catholicism and Patriotism side by side.

     In more detail, these goals may be stated as:

•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. 

     Therefore, it is not unusual to find Fourth Degree Knights participating visibly in church events, such as Eucharistic processions, and others, and in the community, standing up for the unborn and the elderly at Pro-Life events, and commemorating the sacrifices of previous generations.

     The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups called assemblies.

     The next Patriotic Exemplification will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Yuma, Arizona.

    Please take the time during both Council and Assembly meetings to promote the Fourth Degree Exemplification and encourage Third Degree or lower members to attain the title of Sir Knight. Make sure a candidate receives the full packet of information which includes valuable instructions on what is needed for registration. 

Note: Forms can be filled out on your computer then printed. This is the preferred method to ensure legibility.  

     At this time when our way of life is being challenged both locally and globally, we ask that all men rise up to answer the call of becoming a Fourth Degree member to show that we will publicly defend both our rights and religious responsibilities. 

exemplification packet for Yuma Arizona November 17, 2018

November 2018 Exemplification Registration Form Only (pdf)


November 2018 Exemplification Packet (pdf)