The Patriotic Degree of the Order
Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud
For most men who follow Jesus, there comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. That’s what the Knights of Columbus is all about. The Patriotic Degree allows knights to take this one step further. “Sir Knight” is more than a title. It’s an honor!
In degree ceremonies you are introduce to one the four principals of the Knights of Columbus to hold in high regards. In the First Degree you learn the principal of “Charity”. In your Second Degree you learn the principal of “Unity”. In the Third Degree you learn the principal of “Fraternity”. Finally in the Fourth Degree you learn the principal of “Patriotism”. It is these principals we as Knights base our actions. To move forward you must learn of each in detail.
1St Degree – Charity
2nd Degree – Unity
3rd Degree – Fraternity
4th Degree – Patriotism
Watch this video on 4th Degree to learn about the Highest Level of the Knights of Columbus Organization
The qualifications for membership in the Fourth Degree are: membership in the Knights for at least six months and being a Third Degree Knight. A Fourth Degree Knight may become part of the assembly’s color corps. These members are recognized widely by their distinctive attire of tuxedo, feathered hat (chapeau), cape and sword. These members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, and at ecclesial functions at Catholic churches. The various colored capes and chapeau feathers denote different officer positions within the Fourth Degree.
Vision & Goals
– Standing Firm in Support of the Order
Knights of the Patriotic Degree are dedicated to the personal development and continued honor of brother Knights. We are always there to offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement.
– Proudly Serving the Country
Knights of the Patriotic Degree glorify God by serving our communities and nations as though Christ were the one being served.
– Unwavering Support of the Faith
Knights of the Patriotic Degree hold unwaveringly to what is right and honorable, working to keep God in the civic arena, serving the life of the Church, and defending laws that recognize the sanctity of life and true religious liberty.