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The Bishop Romeo Blanchette Assembly 3044
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Our next meeting will be on August 14 - Captains Only Meeting

The next 4th degree exemplification: Sat. June 22, 2024

We are members of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus. Our assembly is located in beautiful DuPage County serving many of the councils located throughout the Joliet Diocese.

On February 22, 1900, the first Patriotic Degree exemplification was held in New York City. The ritual added patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: charity, unity and fraternity.

Any member who has taken their Knighthood Degree and is in good standing, is eligible to take their Patriotic Degree. The primary purpose of the Patriotic Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Patriotic Degree groups called assemblies.

Fr. Sullivan Blessing for Sir Knights

Assembly Information
You can recognize us anywhere -- those men wearing new uniforms white gloves, and swords dangling from their hips. You’ll find us dressed in our new uniforms or formal regalia at Catholic ceremonies, including ordinations and special Masses. But what you don’t usually see is all the good work done behind the scenes by these men - - the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization.

The Knights of the Patriotic Degree adhere to the following 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.

Honoring the Legacy of Knighthood

The Color Corps is an elective division of the Patriotic Degree that presents a visible reminder of our service to the community.

Memorial Day Tribute by Ronald Reagan

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Our assembly is part of the Northern Illinois District 1. The current Master of this district is Alexander Tennant The district has a website which can be found at:


We proudly serve the following councils in Diocese of Joliet:

Council Number Council Name Location
1369 Naperville Naperville
1555 Fr. Gaffney West Chicago
2601 Wheaton Wheaton
5918 Robert P. Connelly Woodridge
6710 St. Irene Warrenville
7254 Thomas Merton Wayne
10025 St. Elizabeth Seton Naperville
10958 Corpus Christi Carol Stream
12005 Robert H. Weaver Aurora
14171 St. Raphael Naperville
15037 Holy Spirit Naperville
15168 St Joan of Arc Lisle
15822 St Thomas the Apostle Naperville
16011 St Margaret Mary Naperville
16720 St. Anne Oswego

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All Knights are guided by our first three principles of charity, unity, and fraternity. The Fourth Degree supports our principal of patriotism.

We encourage you to continue and visit all of our site to learn more about us. If you like more information or would like to join our ranks, please contact:

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Assembly Meetings
Our assembly meets the second Wednesday of each month at various locations around the diocese of Joliet. Please check our calendar for meeting location specifics such. as directions etc.

The Rosary begins at 6:30 p.m. Fraternity begins at 7:00 p.m. with the meeting beginning promptly at 7:45 p.m.

The 2024 - 2025 Assembly Meetings Schedule is:

Meeting Date
Council Number
Council Name
July 10, 2024 No Meeting      
August 14, 2024 Captains Meeting      
September 10, 2024         
October 9, 2024         
November 13, 2024         
December 11, 2024         
January 8, 2025         
February 12, 2025         
March 12, 2025         
April 9, 2025         
May 14, 2025         
June 11, 2025         
July 9, 2025 No Meeting      
August 13, 2025 Captains Meeting      

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About Our Assembly
Our assembly was formed in May of 2007 through the efforts of Master Ray Biliskov, Jim Russell our Past Faithful Navigator and 150 committed fourth degree knights. Our chartered officers were installed on June 2, 2007 at St. Raphael’s Parish in Naperville.

The assembly selected their name to be titled: Bishop Romeo Blanchette Assembly after Bishop Romeo Blanchette being the first bishop to be a Knight of the fourth degree in Joliet Diocese.

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Bishop Romeo Blanchette Assembly ‐ 1215 Modaff Road - Naperville, IL 60540

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