Why Join the Fourth Degree


Old Glory “The Flag of the United State of America”. “We Love It and Shall Ever Defend It”. The Flag represents freedom, liberty, Patriotism, Our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Fourth Degree Knights act on these principles and what is right and honorable. “How”? By supporting and defending truth in the public arena. Protecting faith in civic life, such as the American examples of “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust’ on currency. Funding, restoring, and serving in Church initiatives and events. Patriotism, the Fourth Principle of our Order is Loyalty to that Principle. Fourth Degree Knights hold unwaveringly to what is right and honorable. Fourth Degree Knights are committed to building lives of character.

Patriotism and Pride in one’s nation is the driving force behind more than 250,000 Forth Degree Members in over 2,200 Fourth Degree Assemblies. The Fourth Degree is the highest and most prestigious degree within the Knights of Columbus. It is a group of outstanding Sir Knights who are dedicated to the service of their Church, their country and our Order. These men are unified in the Fourth Degree when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families and into how we serve our fellow man.

Honoring the Legacy of Knighthood: The Honor Guard is an elective division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, Flag Retirements, wakes/funerals and Catholic functions is a visible reminder of our service to the community. Honor Guard members wear their colors with pride and honor, knowing they represent the best of the Knights of Columbus.

The need for strong role models has never been greater. If the sanctity of life, family values, and true religious freedom are to survive, democratic nations need greater commitment from people of faith. That’s what the Fourth Degree Represents. We are the pinnacle of Knighthood. We live, serve and protect the truth.

It’s an Honor.


The Masters of Wisconsin wish to extend to every Third Degree Member of our Order an invitation to advance to the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. Patriotism is the principle of the Fourth Degree.  Its ceremonials are orchestrated such as to exemplify our love of country and the church. Therefore, the Fourth Degree primary purpose is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in its members and the community at large.