Fourth Degree Knights
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. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing.
The Color Corps is an elective division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, Confirmations and other Catholic functions is a visible reminder of our service to the community. The tuxedo, chapeau, cape and sword worn by the Color Corps were inspired by 19th century naval uniforms, with different cape colors representing nine different program ranks. The ceremonial sword symbolizes Christian Knighthood, and is carried to signify reverence to Church, Eucharist, country and freedom.
The Fourth Degree ritual added patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: charity, unity and fraternity. Any Third Degree member in good standing, with at least six months membership in the order, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. 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. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing.
History of the Fourth Degree
On February 22, 1900, the first Fourth Degree exemplification or degree ceremony was held in New York City. The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and to encourage active Catholic citizenship.
Local units, called assemblies, draw their members from Knights of Columbus councils. The qualifications for membership in the Fourth Degree are: membership in the Knights of Columbus for at least six months and being a Third Degree Knight.
Fourth Degree Knights may become part of the assembly’s color corps. These members are recognized widely by their distinctive attire of tuxedo, feathered hat (chapeau), cape and sword. These members regularly take part in civic events and at ecclesial functions at Catholic churches. The various colored capes and chapeau feathers denote different officer positions within the Fourth Degree.
Every citizen of every nation must engage himself daily in efforts to create a better understanding and appreciation of his country’s history and ideals. That is the meaning of citizenship; the living out of the virtue of patriotism.
Fourth Degree Knights commit themselves to this every day. They are in the vanguard of our Order in their dedication to preserving and perpetuating the freedoms we all cherish.
Our goal must be to grow the Fourth Degree by adding more members during this fraternal year; more importantly, we must awaken in more Third Degree Knights the desire to become a Sir Knight. Currently, only 17 percent of our membership has become Fourth Degree Knights.
One way we will achieve those goals is putting greater emphasis on the patriotic service programs that are unique to the Fourth Degree. We will continue to sharpen the public image of Sir Knights by participating in the color corps and honor guards at events.
A significant contribution to this effort is the new Knights of Columbus United States Flag Manual, prepared by Supreme Master Joe Schultz, which is now the definitive guide for Fourth Degree Color Corps in the U.S. This should become the source of flag protocol for all U.S. councils as well.
There are 26 million veterans in America, and hundreds of thousands of men and women currently serving in the military. Meeting the needs of such a large population has required the VA to set up more than 1,000 facilities throughout the United States, ranging from full-service hospitals to nursing homes and home-care programs.
Fourth Degree Knights have made a tremendous commitment to Veterans Affairs hospitals in recent years. Currently, there are Sir Knights volunteering in approximately 90 percent of U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals, and last year Knights volunteered more than 104,000 hours at those hospitals. The national leadership of the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service program has recognized the Knights for this commitment, and on behalf of the Supreme Council we thank all the Sir Knights who are “serving those who served” so admirably and faithfully. This is an ideal service program for every Fourth Degree assembly, and if you’re not already involved, I strongly suggest that you add it to your list for the coming year.
Through their leadership, sacrifice and dedication, Fourth Degree knights have earned their place atop the Order. Fourth Degree Knights are Knights of the highest degree and are held in the highest regard, in the same way they hold themselves, their fellow brothers, and the Order.
A Fourth Degree Knight is a member of a group of men dedicated to promoting patriotism, illuminated by their Catholic faith. It is an honor to wear the regalia and participate in color corps and honor guards. It is a position of prestige and something for which all Knights should strive. Ideally, every Third Degree Knight should become a Fourth degree Knight.
Fourth Degree Directory
Serving all of UTAH V.J. Simonelli, MFD email@example.com 801-661-6341
Father Dominguez Assembly #1144
Serving: Salt Lake Area, Bountiful, Tooele, Tooele, Wendover
Serving Councils: 602, 5214, 6739, 7961, 8350, 9731, 10304, 11812, 14764
Faithful Navigator: Jerry W. Angus
Faithful Comptroller: Robert Masse, Jr., PSD
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30p.m. Assembly alternates meeting sites.
Father Escalante Assembly #1146
Serving:Provo, American Fork, Payson
Serving Councils: 1136, 8606, 9561
Faithful Navigator: James L. Arguello
Faithful Comptroller: Ray Folks
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall
Monsignor Cushnahan Assembly #1429
Serving: Ogden, Layton, Brigham City, and Logan
Serving Councils: 777, 5347, 6010, 9849, 12959, 14399
Faithful Navigator: Joseph A. Neid
Faithful Comptroller: Joseph A. Garcia
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm Assembly alternates meeting sites.
Carbon Assembly # 1570
Serving:Price, Helper, Vernal, Roosevelt
Serving Councils: 2611, 5663, 6147, 7401
Faithful Navigator: Gene P. Vea, FDD
Faithful Comptroller: Joseph A. Colosimo
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Bishop Scanlan Assembly #2393
Serving: St. George
Serving Council: 10733
Faithful Navigator: Mark R. Meredith
Faithful Comptroller: David J. Arndt
Meetings: 3rd Thursday, Kuzy Hall, 259 West 200 North, St. George, Utah, 6:30 p.m. Rosary, 7:00 p.m. Meeting
Reverend Thomas J. Meersman Assembly #2577
Serving: Sandy, Draper, Midvale, Riverton, Holladay
Serving Councils: 6966, 11479, 12181, 13297, 13646, 14239
Faithful Navigator: Todd B. Holzhauser
Faithful Comptroller: William I. Kelly
Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month. Assembly rotatesmeeting sites. (SJB in January & July, BS in Feb. & Aug., STM in March & Sept., SVdP in April & Oct., Saint Therese in May & Nov., Saint Andrew in June & Dec.) Calendar online here.
Padre Pio Assembly #2636
Serving: Park City and East Salt Lake Area
Serving Councils: 1129, 14764, 15418
Faithful Navigator: Gene D. Trombetti
Faithful Comptroller: David G. Hughes
Meetings: Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Assembly alternates meeting sites.
St. John Paul the II Assembly #3501
Serving: Cedar City
Serving Councils: 11246
Faithful Navigator: Walter J. Stoklosa
Faithful Comptroller: Michael A. Villarreal
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the mouth at Christ the King Church, 690 South Cove Dr., Cedar City, Utah, 84720 Rosary 6:30, Meeting 7:00 PM
Rev. Msgr. Robert C. Pollock Assembly # 3586
Serving: Bountiful and Northern Salt Lake Area
Serving Councils: 5502, 12264, 15741, 16006
Faithful Navigator: Nick Nielson
Faithful Comptroller: Joseph A. Nesi
Meetings: Fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Assembly alternates meeting sites. Online calendar
All information found on this page is also located in the Exemplification Information document
For more information on Exemplification contact District Master VJ Simonelli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. GENERAL INFORMATION:
- An Exemplification of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus is the formal initiation into the degree.
- Exemplifications are typically held only once or twice a year; therefore it is important to plan ahead for the degree.
- Every Exemplification is held in honor of a Worthy Sir Knight. The Honoree is named at the banquet and the newly initiated members are presented to him.
- A package with the details of dinner choices and hotel accommodations are sent out in advance in ample time to book before the deadline.
- In order for a candidate to be listed in the Exemplification booklet and have a certificate prepared for them in advance, their name must be given to the Master no less than 10 days before the date of the degree.
- Last minute candidates can receive the degree, but they will not be listed in the banquet program; they will not have a certificate prepared for them; and they risk not being seated at the banquet if the event is being catered. Their fee will remain the same. The Exemplification fee will not be discounted for any reason.
- DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATES NAMES IS 14 DAYS BEFORE THE DATE OF THE DEGREE
- Please help avoid confusion by meeting the deadlines.
2. EXEMPLIFICATION OF THE FOURTH DEGREE:
- The dress code for the exemplification for candidates and Sir Knights will be a black tuxedo (no long tails), white shirt (NO FRENCH COLLARS, PLAIN LAYDOWN COLLAR ONLY!), black cummerbund or vest, black shoes and black bow tie.
- Candidates may not wear Knights of Columbus jewels or name badges.
- Jewels of office may be worn by active officers only.
- Members of the Armed Forces, policemen and firefighters may wear their full dress uniform in lieu of tuxedo.
- Priests may wear clerical garb with Collar.
3. RECRUITMENT AND WAIVERS:
- All Faithful Navigators are encouraged to visit councils and start recruiting as many Third Degree Knights as possible that have been in the Order for one year or more. All Grand Knights are encouraged to inform their membership and recruit new members.
- Waivers: Waivers may be requested for Knights with less than six months of service in writing to the District Master. The Form 4 and assembly check must accompany the waiver and be received by the District Master NOT LATER THAN 30 DAYS prior to the degree date, for processing.
- No waivers will be approved for candidates with less than six months in the Order, except for active duty military scheduled for overseas deployment and candidates with life threatening illness.
- Priests do not need waivers. All requests for a waiver must provide justification of the candidate’s worthiness.
4. CANDIDATE’S APPLICATION (FORM 4):
- All Form 4’s are to be filled out properly. ALL ITEMS SHOWN BELOW ARE REQUIRED! (Rank or Title is only for Priests or Military) TYPE or PRINT LEGIBLY IN CAPITAL LETTERS all required information.
- All required signature blocks must be completed prior to forwarding the Form 4’s with the Supreme Secretary and Master’s COPIES ATTACHED. Assemblies are to keep their copy and are to return the Financial Secretary copy to the council.
- INCOMPLETE FORMS WILL BE RETURNED FOR CORRECTION.
- Candidate Fees are $70, which includes ONE DINNER TICKET FOR THE CANDIDATE, a social baldric, and a Fourth Degree lapel pin. The home Assembly will handle fees for Priest candidates including the above.
- Please use the dinner reservation form that will be provided for any additional meal tickets.
- Assemblies are to take care of their respective Priest covering all fees and accommodations.
- A Mass will precede the banquet and all priests are welcome to concelebrate the Mass. Please encourage your Priests to bring their vestments.
- PLEASE NOTE: Send properly completed Form 4’s with candidate fees with checks made payable to Master 4th Degree, as shown on the Registration Form. All checks must be sent so as to arrive no later than the cutoff date.
- REMEMBER THE CUTOFF DATE IS TEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE DEGREE DATE
- The host Assembly will confirm with the pastor as to his wishes on the use of swords by the Honor Guard at the procession, the consecration and the recession. The Honor Guard will accompany the main celebrant and all concelebrating Priests in the procession and recession. The use of swords is allowed in this Diocese.
5. EXEMPLIFICATION BANQUET:
- All Sir Knights, especially the new Sir Knights, should attend the banquet with their ladies and guests to celebrate the Exemplification of the Fourth Degree.
- Dress code for the banquet will be formal wear. For Sir Knights that means Black tuxedo (no long tails), with white tuxedo shirt, with standard black bowtie, black cummerbund or vest, and black shoes.
- All current dress code directives for Sir Knights apply.
- Members of the Armed Forces, police officers and firefighters may wear their full dress uniforms in lieu of tuxedos. Ladies should wear evening dresses suitable for the occasion.
- Guest gentlemen are requested to wear coat and tie.
- Candidate fees include one banquet ticket. Additional tickets for their lady and ANY guests must be noted on the DINNER RESERVATION form and be accompanied with payment in full by the deadline date.
6. Tuxedo information:
As the tuxedo is the uniform dress of the fourth degree, a candidate may consider purchasing his own tuxedo rather than rentING one. USUALLY A ONE TIME RENTAL WILL COVER ABOUT A THIRD OF THE COST OF OWNING A new TUXEDO. there are A COUPLE OF OPTIONS to look AT:
- ASK your LOCAL FORMAL WEAR RENTAL SHOP IF THEY SELL USED TUXEDOS? THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CHEAPEST, and not much CHEAPER THAN NEW.
- Go on line to (www.uniformalwearhouse.com). They offer complete new tuxedo packages starting as low as $79.95. Call them at (973) 244-9100.