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Council History of the Knights of Columbus Rockaway Council #2672
The Structure of The Knights of Columbus
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Degrees of the Knights of Columbus
- First Degree – A First Degree exemplification ceremony, by which a man joins the Order, explicates the virtue of charity. After the completion he is then said to be a First Degree Knight of Columbus and then can participate in all council activities and subsequent degrees. First Degree members are encouraged to attain the Second and Third Degrees.
- Second Degree – The Second Degree ceremony explicates the virtue of unity. The member can then go on to attain their third degree and become a full member.
- Third Degree – The Third Degree ceremony explicates the virtue fraternity. Upon taking the Third Degree, a member receives full honors of Knighthood and is “Knighted.”
- Fourth Degree – The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of ________. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship. To become a Fourth Degree member must have valid membership in the Knights of Columbus for one year and be a Third Degree Member
A Fourth Degree Knight may become part of the assembly’s color corps. These members are recognized widely by their distinctive attire: tuxedo, feathered hat (chapeau), cape, and sword. These members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, and functions at Catholic churches. The various colored capes and chapeau feathers denote different officer positions within the Fourth Degree.