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Knights of The Fourth Degree

On February 22, 1900, the first exemplification of the Fourth Degree was held in New York City. To the three principles of our Order: Charity, Unity and Fraternity, the final lesson that was added is the virtue of patriotism. The focus of the Fourth Degree is on this principle, an abiding love for and devotion to one's country. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through membership in local Fourth Degree groups called Assemblies.

Starting at the Supreme level there is the Supreme Master and the Supreme Board of Directors. The next level of the structure is broken into provinces of which there are twenty. Each province is lead by a Vice-Supreme Master. The province is then broken up into districts each of which contains a Master, then local Assemblies lead by a Faithful Navigator, and therefore our local Assembly, Monsignor Elslander Assembly #0167.

Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as Color Guards and Honor Guards at civic and religious functions, an honorable activity which has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus and local Assembly organizations. Honor Guards have mastered the "Manual of the Sword." The Master wears a Gold Cape and Chapeau while his District Marshal wears a green cape and chapeau. The Navigator of an Assembly wears a White Cape and Chapeau while his Color Corps Commander wears a Purple Cape and Chapeau. Finally, all other members of the Color Corps wear a Red Cape and White Chapeau.

As members of the Color Corps, we are the visible part of the Order. When the public sees us in parades, they see the visible arm of the "Knights of Columbus." When we attend wakes and/or funerals of our deceased brothers, all see the visible "Knights of Columbus." In the many parishes in which we serve, our fellow Catholics see the "Knights of Columbus."

Eligibility For Membership In The Fourth Degree

To be eligible as a member in the Fourth Degree, you must be a Third Degree member in good standing in the Knights of Columbus. In addition, you must also be a K of C member for six months and sponsored by a Brother Sir Knight. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in any Knights of Columbus Council to remain in good standing.

According to the Supreme Knight’s Annual Report, there are more than 300,000 Fourth Degree Sir Knights out of the total 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus. There is a place for you among Brother Sir Knights who already celebrate "Faith, Family and Fraternity" as a member in our order. Make yourself and your family a part of ours, take the first step,
inquire here, pick up an application and join today! Our Faithful Navigator Neil Froman is available to speak with you at any time.

Assembly Meetings
Msgr. Charles L. Elslander Assembly 0167 meets every 4th Thursday of each month at 4880 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida. Dinner is served to all Sir Knights at 6:00 PM prior to the start of each meeting. The Assembly meeting starts at 7:00 PM sharp. Our host Faithful Navigator SK WILLIAM J HUBER welcomes all Sir Knights in the area or visting Sarasota to come be part of our meeting.

Color Corp Drills
Msgr. Charles L. Elslander Assembly 0167 elite group of Sir Knights meet for a half hour after each monthly meeting to practice parades, ceremonies, funeral masses and general masses. If you would like to join this group of Sir Knights, one you must be a Sir Knight of the 4th degree, and second there is no age limit. For more information contact Commander SK Salvatore J. Naimo at 941 922 4088.

Charity - Unity - Fraternity - Patriotism

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