Fourth Degree

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April 2021

Brother Knights,

Please remember that we are planning a physical exemplification at Sacred Heart Church in Warsaw on Saturday, August 14, 2021, hosted by Bishop Leo A. Pursley Assembly #1974. 

It’s not too soon to start thinking of submissions for the Civic Award and the To Be A Patriot Award. Please note the application form for the To Be A Patriot award, TBP-2, must be completed, printed out and MAILED to me by April 30, 2019. No submission postmarked after April 30, 2020 will be accepted, nor will faxed or emailed submissions be accepted. Information about both awards is available at

Information on the Star Assembly Award is listed below. Please note the Revised Requirements for membership.

The Star Assembly Award recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance, programming, and overall operations. Earning a Star Award is the marker of a high performing Knights of Columbus Assembly and the goal to which every assembly should strive. 

Membership Growth

Reach growth quota: 7% Net Membership Growth


Earn the Civic Award. Submit the Civic Award Application (#2321) – Due 6/30

Enter the To Be A Patriot competition. Submit the To Be A Patriot Award Application (#TBP-2) – Due 5/31

Overall Assembly Excellence

• Publish a monthly Assembly Newsletter or Bulletin

• Submit Report of Assembly Officers Chosen for the Term (#186) – Due 7/1

• Submit Annual Assembly Audit Report (#1315) – Due 8/1

• Submit Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) – Due 1/31

2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: The membership quota for the Star Assembly Award has been reduced by 20%.

If you know your current quota, take that number, and multiply by 0.80. This is your adjusted membership goal. When necessary round numbers using standard practice. For example: 5.1 through 5.4 round to 5 and 5.5 through 5.9 round to 6. If you do not know your current quota, please feel free to contact me.

Stay safe, and pray for all our policemen and women, firefighters, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and all those on the front lines of COVID-19. May God protect them and their families.

He is risen!

Please remember that, as Knights of Columbus, we stand for the flag, and kneel for the Cross.


SK Rick Santangelo, PFN
District Master Indiana
Fr. Sorin Province
Knights of Columbus 
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"Our principles are just words if we do not live them out." Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight


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The Fourth Degree, also known as the Patriotic Degree, is the highest degree of the Knights of Columbus, and it exists to foster the spirit of patriotism, enlightened by our Catholic Faith. It is a rewarding way to combine our Catholic heritage with our love of our country. 

The Fourth Degree is patriotism in action, i.e. Honor guards at Mass for confirmations, funerals, and memorial services, in addition to Color Corps representation at federal, state and local ceremonies, such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies. The Fourth Degree is a visible reminder of our service to the community.

History of the Fourth Degree

In 1886, four years after our Order was established, Supreme Knight James T. Mullen proposed the patriotic degree and the Supreme Board of Directors approved the formation of the Fourth Degree in 1899. Along with the addition of “patriotism” to the Knights’ principles in 1900 came the first exemplification of the Fourth Degree which was held on February 22, 1900 in New York City with a class of 1,100 Knights. 

The Fourth Degree is currently organized into 21 geographical units known as provinces. Our province consists of the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and is referred to as the Father Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C. Province. The executive officer of the Fourth Degree is the Supreme Master.

The executive officer of the province is the Vice Supreme Master.  A province is further divided into districts, which normally (with few exceptions) coincide with state boundaries.  Each district is presided over by an executive officer, the Master. Currently, there are 122 districts.

The Fourth Degree is the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus, and it comprises over 17% of the membership of the Order.  The distinctive regalia of Sir Knights make them the most visible arm of the Order to the public.

Purpose of the Fourth Degree

  • 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

The Fourth Degree, both collectively and individually, supports those religious, civic, and charitable causes which are designed to implement one or more of these five objectives.


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