Who are the Knights of the Fourth Degree?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.7 million
members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church,
their communities, families and young people. Their principles, taught in degree ceremonies, are charity, unity,
fraternity and patriotism (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").
Declaring Our Faith in Action
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. We stand where Christ would have us, as examples of His presence in
Unwavering in Support of the Faith
Fourth Degree Knights act on what is right and honorable by:
Supporting and defending truth in the public arena.
Protecting faith in civic life, such as the American examples of "One Nation Under God" in the Pledge
of Allegience and "In God We Trust" on currency.
Funding, restoring, and serving in Church initiatives and events.
Supporting the culture of life.
Standing Firm in Support of the Order
Fourth Degree Knights lead and serve our brother Knights by:
Conducting educational programs.
Honoring Knights and our families during times of tragedy and loss.
Encouraging active participation in important programs of the Order.
Sponsoring Squire Circles and scout troops.
Proudly Serving the Country
Fourth Degree Knights model and foster patriotism in many nations by:
Teaching personal responsibility in civic affairs.
Taking publicly visible leadership roles on important national and moral issues.
Facilitating voter turnout on election days.
Training and encouraging youth to be engaged citizens.
Working to honor and protect the flag.
Participating in national holiday celebrations.
Honoring veterans for their service and sacrifice.
Honoring the Legacy of Knighthood
The Color Corps is an elective division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades,
wreath-laying ceremonies, and 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 the Church, Eucharist, country, and
freedom. Color Corps members wear the colors with pride, knowing they represent the very best
of the Knights of Columbus.
If the sanctity of life, family values, and true religous freedom are to survive, democratic nations need greater
commitment from people of faith. Fourth Degree Knights make that commitment.
How to Join
Any Third Degree member in good standing, is eligible for
membership in the Fourth Degree if he is a citizen of this country. Application must be made on the official Form 4
and include the initiation fee along with the annual dues and turned in to the Faithful Comptroller for review.
The next exemplification ceremony (followed by a banquet) is shown on our Activities page.
The Ladies Auxiliary's main function is to SUPPORT the men and the assembly. They do this primarily by providing
help at events, cooking for events and providing monetary help. They also generally do help with setting up and
beautifying the hall for events.