The Knights of
Columbus was founded on March
29, 1882, in New Haven,
Connecticut to provide mutual
aid and assistance to its members and their families, originally chartered by
the State of Connecticut
as the “Knights of Columbus of New Haven.”
In 1889, a legislative amendment to the charter authorized the present
name: “Knights of Columbus.” The
organization founded by Father McGivney now has 1,200,000 members in councils
in the United States,
Puerto Rico, Guam
order had only three degrees exemplifying the principles of CHARITY, UNITY
the wishes of the membership, the Board of Directors approved the Fourth
Degree and the first exemplification was held in New York City on February 22, 1900.
purpose of the fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism. To do this the Fourth Degree is designed to
strengthen love of country and encourage responsible citizenship.
In order to be eligible for membership in the Fourth
Degree, the applicant must be:
- Over eighteen years of age.
- A citizen of the country in
which he resides.
- A Third Degree member in good
standing in his council and initiated in the Admission Degree at least
twelve months prior to his initiation in the Fourth Degree.
A third Degree member may apply for membership on
his own initiative or upon invitation by any Fourth Degree member.
appearance of fourth degree Knights as honor guards at civic and religious
functions is an important activity of each assembly. Their colorful capes and plumed headgear add dignity and a pride of
church and country to any event. By
these public demonstrations, their loyalties bring credit to themselves and
to the Knights of Columbus.
Seven reasons why knights should join the fourth
- 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
- 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
The Exemplification for the Fourth
Degree typically takes place once per year.
If you are interested in the
Fourth Degree, Please see Barry Bell at a meeting or contact him at home for
an application form, and details.
236 Mammoth Road
Lowell, Ma 01854-2226
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