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The Patriotic Degree

The Fourth Degree was established on February 22, 1900, on the principle of patriotism—love for and devotion to one’s country. Fourth Degree Knights focus the majority of their activities on this principle. It is the highest and most prestigious degree within the Knights of Columbus. It is a group of outstanding Knights who are dedicated to the service of the Church, their country and our Order. These men are unified in the Fourth Degree to support religious, civic and charitable causes.

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Membership

Any Third Degree member in good standing, with at least six months membership in the order is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree.

Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing. Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition.

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The Emblem of the Fourth Degree

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The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe), is the classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace. Columbus' name in Italian (Colombo), also means "dove." Both the globe and dove 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 Muslims.

Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the most Blessed Trinity:

The colors of the symbols are:



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Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II

Canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII

Biographical Profile of John Paul II
Biographical Profile of John XXIII


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