We will bestow the honors of the Fourth Degree in Fort Wayne on September 28 and will report on the numbers next month.
Here is a great idea from Andy Siebert, DD 14 regarding recruiting military members and veterans:
Assemblies and councils could reach out to the parish office and get the names of parishioners that are active duty, guard and reserve. If they are deployed, send them a care package. Also ask to find where they live and if married, do work around the house (mow the lawn, rake leaves etc.) don’t ask what they need, just get permission to do it and do it.
I feel confident that if we do simple little things like that when we go to ask them to join, they will be familiar with us, trust that we mean what we say, and will not only join but actively recruit. No one can recruit a veteran like a veteran, and because we kept our word so will they.
The divorce rate and suicide rate in the military is astronomical. If we take the time to create Holy moments like these maybe we can make a dent. Even if our efforts do not result in recruiting new members to the 4th Degree we will be doing a great service to our active duty servicemen and women, and our veterans.
We are looking at hosting an exemplification in southern Indiana late January or early February, and a second exemplification in the May-June timeframe in central Indiana with a third exemplification planned for September-October in northern Indiana. If your Assembly or Council would like to host an exemplification, please feel free to contact me at the email below or call me at 317-862-4137.
20,000 high school students on fire with the faith will be in Indianapolis from November 21-23 at NCYC. Be on the lookout for an email outlining all the volunteer opportunities, or click the link below. We especially need 4th Degree Knights in uniform or tuxedo with social baldric and white gloves to attend the opening Mass at Saint John’s Church from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM to open the doors for the NCYC participants. This is a great photo opportunity and exposure for us.
Knights are also needed to line the path of the procession from Saint John’s to the Convention Center from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, with Knights inside the Convention Center lining the path of the procession, Knights to stand at the bottom of the steps, and Knights to stand inside the Chapel.
Stand for the flag and kneel for the Cross.
Master, Indiana District
"Our principles are just words if we do not live them out." Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight
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.