Who Are the Fourth Degree Knights?
They are the Knights on Main Street, the men you probably envision when someone says Knights of Columbus to you. They are present in their distinct uniform at civic and Church events, acting as honor guards and color corps, or standing in respect at the funerals of members or during adoration of the Eucharist.
But there is more to being a Fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus than a uniform. They are the men who have chosen to embrace the Order’s fourth principle of patriotism, the men who lead the efforts to reach out to veterans, active military and first responders and to embody the fact that one can be a faithful Catholic and be a faithful citizen.
Members who wish to live out patriotism together can join “the Fourth Degree”. Members of this degree have the special honor of holding the title “Sir Knight”, participating in color and honor guards, and organizing programs that promote Catholic Citizenship. There are more than 3,500 assemblies around the world.