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January 2021

Brother Knights,

Father Eric Augenstein and I thank all the councils, assemblies, and individual knights who donated $7,000 to Archdiocesan and Diocesan seminarians to help offset the cost of their clerical garb. Space does not allow us to identify all who donated to the cause, but an email will be sent to all councils, assemblies, and District Deputies with that information. 

Our next exemplification will be held virtually on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST.   Hopefully, we will be able to conduct a physical exemplification Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 2224 Sacramento Avenue, West Lafayette, hosted by General de Lafayette Assembly #0249.  Please remember to submit Form 1728, Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity by January 31, 2021.

During the Mid-Year Meeting we briefly discussed the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage. It’s not too soon to think about supporting this program. In partnership with the Archdiocese for Military Services, U.S.A., the Knights of Columbus provides the opportunity and means for our non-wounded, wounded, ill and injured U.S. warriors to participate in the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage for a period of prayer and spiritual guidance.  We accompany and support our warriors and their families throughout the course of the pilgrimage which occurs during the annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) in Lourdes, France from May 18-25, 2021.  Every $2,600 raised sends a warrior to Lourdes.   For questions regarding a donation, please contact Supreme at 800-694-5713 M-F between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  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. 

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 continue to protect them and their families.

Please remember, as Knights 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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