WHO ARE THE 4TH DEGREE?
They are the Knights on Main Street, the men you probably envision when someone says Knights of Columbus to you. They’re present in their distinct regalia 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 and active military and to embody the fact that one can be a faithful Catholic and also be a faithful citizen.When the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, three principles united its members: charity, unity and fraternity. At that time people feared that members of the Catholic faith owed their entire allegiance to the Church and could not be trusted as citizens of their country. Patriotism was added to the Order’s principles in 1900, based on the idea that Knights are loyal to both God and country. 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.
From Supreme Website-Andrew Butler
Knights of Columbus 8960, 2320 Hatfield Rd, Pearland, Texas 77581, United States
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Dear Brother Knights, we celebrated the Inaugural Feast of our founder on August 13 th , since his beatification in Fall 2020. The entire family of the Knights of Columbus can and should have observed this day of joy and grace in different forms. Since it was the First Feast Day, we should have used this opportunity to bring our founder’s mission and vision more to the heart of the people. I am not denying the fact that we are having many social events and charitable works in his name, but how much importance we are able to give the spiritual aspects of his life. According to Archbishop William E. Lori the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, “As members of the Order, each of us should be thoroughly familiar with our founder, for his life and holiness continue to animate the spirituality, programs and charities of the Knights.” So it is from his spirituality that we should form our charitable works and it is the basis and foundation of our mission. Recently I heard some of the Knights are not attending any meetings or do not pay their dues or show any interest in continuing as a Knights of Columbus. What does it really tell us? Are they willingly joining us or is it because of the forceful recruitment of some members? Or after they joined with us, they do not feel it worth their time, expectation, and spirituality? I strongly recommend that next year and thereafter on August 13, the Feast Day of our Founder, in our parishes where the Knights are serving; we need a celebration. We should invite all the parishioners; to celebrate a special Mass followed by fellowship. So that we will be able to reach out and make known the message and spirituality of our Founder Blessed McGivney to the people where we are serving.
.Fr. Sibi Kunninu, MS Faithful Friar.
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