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.
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.
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.
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The Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus is committed to the preservation of the Church, the Order, and the many nations where Knights serve. It should be a natural progression for First, Second and Third degree Knights to aspire to join the Fourth Degree. Membership in the Fourth Degree allows a Knight to display pride in his country, while continuing to serve his community and Church.
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
One Year SK Fred C. Brown
Two Year SK Larry L. Loeske
Three Year SK Mike R. Armstrong
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The message below and attached photos provided by the Worthy Vice Supreme Master Michael Kingman. Email: KINGMAN_M@msn.com
The first annual Operation Restoring Veteran Hope was a complete success and we all look forward in continuing our "Serving Those That Served." This was collaboration at its finest. We are already in the planning stages for the 2nd Annual Operation Restoring Veteran Hope event that presently is scheduled for Oct 4-6, 2019.
Operation Restoring Veteran Hope could not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Youth Camp, Stop, Drop and Push Campaign, VAREP (Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). Special thanks to Tyson Gentz, former President of St. Joseph's Youth Camp and his crew.
Together, we created an incredible 3-day retreat where 73 Veterans came together to heal, share stories of hope around the camp fire and enjoy the comradery that is so unique to those that have worn the uniform. We had Veterans ages 29 to 72 that participated in horseback riding, kayaking, card competitions and relaxation in nature.
Thank you to everyone that has donated and continues to support our mission that allow us to offer alternative/holistic therapy options.
I am asking all our councils and assemblies to consider participating in this worthy cause this coming year of 2019, especially all our assemblies in the Patriotic Degree of the Order.
Yours in Christ
Michael H. Kingman
Vice Supreme Master
John H. Reddin Province