|What is the Fourth Degree?|
the first eighteen years of its existence, the Knights of Columbus
had only the first three degrees representing Charity, Unity and
Fraternity. At the close of the century it was decided to establish
a degree representing patriotism, one which would be more selective
in its appeal than the traditional or basic degrees. The new ritual
was named the Fourth Degree and was first exemplified in New York on
February 22nd, 1900. Fourteen hundred members were chosen to
witness this ceremony. It was expected that they would recruit from
their councils other Knights worthy of receiving the highest degree.
In the years that followed, the patriotic honor was exemplified in
various cities and those who took it became a special group, or an
assembly within their respective councils.
The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large.
The Junipero Serra Assembly, representing 4th Degree Knights of
Councils 1684 and 5300, is part of the St. Junipero Serra
Province. The Province is made up of three Districts.
The Junipero Serra Assembly is within the Central District.
To visit the 4th Degree St. Junipero Serra Province Website, click here.
Qualifications to become a Fourth Degree member
Any Knight in 'good standing' is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree.
There is no longer a waiting period to join the Fourth Degree.
Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members with their council to remain in 'good standing'.
Membership in the Fourth Degree is through an "Assembly". If you meet all of the above qualifications, please the Faithful Navigator of the Junipero Serra Assembly. Your Grand Knight, District Deputy or the District Master can assist you in making contact with the Assembly.
Dress Code for the Fourth Degree
The official dress for the Fourth Degree is black tuxedo, black bow tie, plain white pleated tuxedo shirt (NO wing tip shirts), black dress shoes, and cummerbund. Members ONLY wearing tuxedos must wear the fourth degree lapel pin, social baldric and white gloves.
|About the Color Corps....|
The Color Corps members exemplify all the principles of our Order:
The public appearance of the Patriotic Degree Knights as a Color Corps at religious and civic functions is an important activity of each assembly. Their colorful capes and chapeaux add dignity and the pride of Church and country to any event. By these public demonstrations their loyalties bring credit to themselves and to the Knights of Columbus.
|Dress Code for the Color Corps|
Color Corp and Honor Guard members are to wear the same black tuxedo outfit, white tuxedo shirt and white gloves as listed above with the addition of 'authorized' regalia pieces. Color Corp and Honor Guard members are to wear their service baldric and the 'authorized' lapel pin of the Color Corp and Honor Guard. 'Approved' Officer jewels and mini-jewels from previous offices are allowed to be worn in proper display.