Yorba Linda, California
Fourth Degree Membership
In 2014, the Knights of Columbus ended the fraternal year with membership in the Fourth Degree reaching 340,960, roughly 18 percent of the Order's overall membership. The Knights also saw an increase of 60 new assemblies, bringing the total to 3,169.
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 the local council to remain in good standing.
The Color Corps is an ELECTIVE division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, Confirmations and other Catholic functions is a visible reminder of our service to the community. The tuxedo, chapeau, cape and sword worn by the Color Corps were inspired by 19th century naval uniforms, with different cape colors representing nine different program ranks. The ceremonial sword symbolizes Christian Knighthood, and is carried to signify reverence to Church, Eucharist, country and freedom.
The Fourth Degree ritual added patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: charity, unity and fraternity. Any Third Degree member in good standing 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.
Starting at the Supreme level, there is the Supreme Master and the Supreme Board of directors. The next level of the structure is broken into provinces of which there are 20. Each province is lead by a Vice-Supreme Master. The Vice-Supreme Master wears a light blue lined cape and chapeau. There are currently 15 provinces in the United States, 4 in Canada, 1 in Mexico and 1 in the Philippines. The province is then broken up into districts. St. Jude Assembly is one of the 35 Assembles in the Junipero Serra Province. Most districts are either an entire State or a section of a larger State (i.e. California has three districts - North, Central and South). Our Junipero Serra Province is in the Southern California District.
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