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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 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 of 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.

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  • At our 87th Corporate Communion Breakfast on Sunday April 22nd, awards were presented to Michael McGee and Francis Bagley for their commitment to the community and organization. Thank you and congratulations from all of us!
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