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Fourth Degree Exemplification

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.9 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

All members of the fourth degree have been bestowed the honor of Knighthood, and have continued their journey in learning the lesson of patriotism. The primary purpose of your Fourth Degree membership is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship.

As a Fourth Degree Knight you have the opportunity to become part of our assembly's color corps. As a color corps member, you will be recognized widely by the distinctive attire of the uniform which includes:

  • Blue Blazer with 4th Degree Crest and Emblem of the Order Buttons
  • Official 4th Degree Gray Trousers
  • Official 4th Degree Hand Embroidered Necktie
  • Official 4th Degree Black Beret with 4th Degree Badge

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Here are some reasons why fellow knights have joined the fourth degree:

  • The fourth Degree is a group of outstanding Knights of Columbus dedicated to promoting patriotism enlightened by the Catholic faith.
  • It works for the application of Christian principles in all levels of democratic government.
  • It calls upon its members to distinguish themselves with heroic deeds for God, for country and for our Order.
  • It supports such religious, civic and charitable causes as are consistent with its high ideals.
  • It opposes the institution and development of forces inimical to good Christian government.
  • It educates its members and the world at large to be defenders of our democratic institutions.
  • It is the highest degree in the Knights of Columbus, giving a greater knowledge and appreciation of our Catholic heritage.

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The requirements to join the 4th degree are as follows:

  • You must be a 3rd degree member in good standing, meaning that dues, current and past, are paid up in full.

  • Any third degree knight may take their 4th degree regardless of how long they have been a knight.

  • You must fill out and submit a Form 4 along with an exemplification reservation form and accompany this form with a seventy dollar ($70.00) payment to cover the expenses of the fourth degree Exemplification. This payment includes the cost of your social baldric and your dinner.

The video below describes in detail what the fourth degree is all about.

If you meet all of the above qualifications, contact your Grand Knight to submit your information before the next Exemplification.

Visit the Exemplification Page
for information on our next 4th degree Exemplification.

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