4th Degree

The principle of patriotism is taught in a standalone exemplification which typically is held on a Saturday morning.


Established in New York on February 22, 1900, the Fourth Degree added Patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.

In taking his Fourth Degree, a Knight learns the importance and value of being a good citizen who shows a love of and loyalty to his country.  Third Degree Knights who are exemplified into the Fourth Degree join Assemblies, typically made up of members from several Councils within a geographical area.  The Fourth Degree has its own organizational structure which parallels that of the Council.

Assembly members must maintain their membership as Third Degree members in their local Council to remain in good standing in the Fourth Degree.

The most visible members of the Order are members of the Fourth Degree Color Corps, who don colorful capes, chapeaux, and swords.  The Color Corps is frequently seen at First Communions, Confirmations, weddings and funerals, as well as civic ceremonies.


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