Welcome (Fourth Degree)

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Fourth Degree Welcome

4thdegreeTransparentAmericanFlag4th degree

"The Knights on Main Street"

Welcome to the 4th Degree page.
Here you will find information on 4th Degree Initiation Ceremonies, background information about the 4th Degree, a description of the 4th Degree Emblem, and a page of other patriotic information and links.

For more information, contact:
Francis (Tony) Braun, Master of the 4th Degree  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Appelbaum, Secretary to the Master  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Western Marshal   Tom Nelson
Eastern Marshall    Bill Bufka

As of August 2013, we have a new Vice Supreme Master - William Baalmann from Lacrosse, KS.   He can be reached at : 785-222-6869 (cell), 785-222-2869 (home), or 785-372-4331 (work).

Here is a Patriotic Flyer suitable for public posting.


Fourth Degree Ceremonies

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Fourth Degree Ceremonies

Upcoming 4th Degree Exemplifications

Date Location Registration, Dinner, Hotel, & Tuxedo Information
April 18, 2015 Kansas City

Class Honoree:  Sir Knight Harold McDermod

Location:  Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153

August 8, 2015 Columbia

Class Honoree:  Msgr. Michael Flanagan - Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes

Location:  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
903 Bernadette Drive
Columbia, MO 

September 26, 2015 Springfield

 Class Honoree:  Msgr. Thomas E. Reidy - Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

Location:  Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2818 E. Bennett St.
Springfield, MO 

The schedule for the day is usually as follows:

  • Registration of Candidates  9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Candidates in Place 11:30 a.m.
  • Exemplification 12:00 p.m.
  • Ladies Tea 12:00 p.m.
  • Mass 3:00 p.m.
  • Banquet 6:00 p.m.

Please check the announcement letter to verify the exact times for the degree you are attending.

Cost is $70 for members and Deacons, $37 for Priests. This cost includes the Degree, 1 meal, social Baldric, 4th Degree pin, and certificate.  See the Announcement for the Luncheon cost, as well as the cost of additional banquet tickets for wives, friends or other members.  A suspender baldric will be available at a cost of an extra $10.00.

Fourth Degree Information

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Fourth Degree Information

Another degree open to members in the Knights of Columbus is the Fourth Degree. The first exemplification of that degree was held in New York City, on February 22, 1900. The ritual added Patriotism to the three principles of the Order: Charity, Unity and Fraternity. Any Third Degree member, in good standing, six months after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree.
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 active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in their council to remain in good standing with the Fourth Degree.

Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.

To the left is pictured the Fourth Degree Emblem. Bearers of this emblem are committed to conduct themselves honorably as Christian gentlemen in their private and public lives, as well as acting patriotically for the good of their nations. Likewise, the Fourth Degree sword represents the bearer's reverence for the Eucharist and the Pope, Bishops and hierarchy of the Church, and displays publicly his willingness to protect his Church and Priests.

The triad features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader's cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading Knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans. Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the most Blessed Trinity.

  • The Globe - God the Father, Creator of the Universe
  • The Cross - God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind
  • The Dove - God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity

The colors of the symbols are:

  • A blue globe with the land of the Western Hemisphere in white
  • A red cross with gold borders and gold knobs at the end of the points forming the ends of the arms of the cross, also known as the Isabella cross
  • A white dove

Red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which the Knights originated. They are used to stress Patriotism, the principle of the Fourth Degree.

Considered under a religious aspect, we have the honor and privilege of wearing on our swords and our lapels the sacred symbol of the Most Blessed Trinity. This should always remind us to live a good Christian life, and that we should never bring dishonor on the emblem we have been privileged to wear. By this, others may see our good works, through which we will glorify our Holy Religion, our Honored Order and our Beloved Country.

Information provided by Supreme Council Knights of Columbus.