Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to inculcate a love of Country and impress the duties of Citizenship. Its motto is Patriotism, enlightened and informed by Religion.
Membership in the Fourth Degree is open to any Third Degree Member over the age of eighteen years of age in good standing, who is a citizen of the country in which he resides, and is a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See. Membership Application Documents (Form 4) are available in pdf form at the bottom of this page.
The Fourth Degree is the outgrowth and culmination of the desire of the Members to manifest their love for country and pride in their Catholic American heritage. In 1882, the Reverend Michael J. McGivney had founded the Knights of Columbus to provide mutual aid and assistance to its Members and their families. At that time the Order had only three Degrees exemplifying the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. In compliance with the wishes of the body as a whole, the national board of directors met in August 1899 and approved the addition of a Fourth Degree to the work of the Knights of Columbus. The new ritual was adopted on the 9th of December and went into effect in 1900 with its primary purpose to foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship. It is the highest Degree in the Knights of Columbus, giving a greater knowledge and appreciation for our Catholic heritage. To qualify in 1900, a brother knight had to have been a Member for three years and played an active role in the community. Today an applicant must be over 18 years of age, a citizen of the country in which he resides and a Third Degree Member in good standing and initiated in the admissions Degree at least six months prior to his initiation in the Fourth Degree.
GREAT NEWS !!!! The new 4th Degree Assembly’s newsletter will be avaialible on line here!!!
The NEW assembly based at UNITY 2212 is pictured here with some of its members and the Master as well as the Vice Supreme Master at its first installation. (click picture).
Francis Mazzei, Faithful Captain. Randy Bianchi, Faithful Pilot. Jay O’Callahan ( Fr. O’Callahan’s nephew).
Michael J Daley, Faithful Navigator. Luis Diaz, Faithful Admiral.
APPLICATION for the 4TH DEGREE (click link)