Meetings are held at 7:30PM on the 4th Wednesday of
every month at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Newton, NJ. There is
no meeting in July.
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Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the order. Members of this
degree are addressed as "Sir Knight". The primary purpose of the
Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage
active Catholic citizenship. Fewer than 18% of Knights join the
Fourth Degree, which is optional. A Knight is eligible to join the
Fourth Degree after one year from the date of his First Degree.
Assemblies are distinct from councils and are led by a separate set
of elected officers. The Supreme Board of Directors appoints a
Supreme Master, and twenty Vice Supreme Masters to govern the Fourth
Degree. Each Vice Supreme Master oversees a Province which is then
broken up into Districts. The Supreme Master appoints District
Masters to supervise several assemblies.
assembly is led by a Navigator. Other elected assembly officers
include the Captain, Admiral, Pilot, Scribe, Purser, Comptroller,
Sentinels and Trustees. A Friar and Color Corps Commander are
appointed by the Navigator. Assembly officers are properly addressed
by using the title "faithful" (e.g. Faithful Navigator). Assemblies
are numbered in the order in which they chartered into the Order and
are named by the local membership.
The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Chapeau
Only Fourth Degree Knights may optionally purchase the full
regalia and join the Assembly’s Color Corps. The Color Corps is
the most visible arm of the Knights as they are often seen in
parades and other local events wearing their colorful regalia.
Official dress for the Color Corps is a black tuxedo, baldric,
white gloves, cape and naval chapeau. White tuxedos may also be
used on certain occasions. Baldrics are worn from the right
shoulder to left hip and are color specific by nation. In the
United States, baldrics are red, white and blue. Service
baldrics include a scabbard for a sword and are worn over the
coat while social baldrics are worn under the coat. The colors
on a Fourth Degree Knight's cape, and chapeau, denote the office
he holds within the Degree. Faithful Navigators and Past
Faithful Navigators are permitted to carry a white handled
silver sword. Masters and Vice Supreme Masters, as well as
Former Masters and Former vice Supreme Masters, are also denoted
by their gold swords.
The need for a patriotic degree was first considered in 1886 and
a special plea was made at the National Meeting of 1899. The
first Fourth Degree exemplification followed in 1900 with 1,100
Knights participating at the Lenox Lyceum in New York City.
Today there are more than 2,500 Assemblies.
Please consider becoming a member of the fourth degree and
foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic
information please contact Jim Bird @