Due to a rush of late registrations (and procrastination), the deadline for Candidates and Sir Knights registering for the Exemplification of the 4th Degree has been extended to Monday, March 6th.  Registration will close at 11:30pm

For more information about the Exemplification, please visit our Exemplification Information page.  Sir Knights and Candidates can quickly, safely, and securely register and pay through our Exemplification Online Registration page.

It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honorees for the 2017 District Exemplifications of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus have been named.  

The Honoree for the Priest and Special Needs Exemplification on February 25, 2017 is SK Rev. Scott Woods, Pastor of St. Cecilia Church.

FrWoodsRev. Scott Woods serves as Pastor of St. Cecilia Church in St. Mary’s City, MD and St. Peter Claver Church in St. Inigoes, MD. Fr. Woods dedication to the youth of Maryland is showcased in his work as a religious and faith counselor at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, by serving as a chaplain for the Boy Scouts, ministering to several youth groups in Southern Maryland, as an assistant Vocation Director for the Saint John Paul II Seminary, and has been responsible for numerous young men choosing to go to the Seminary.

The Honoree for the 47th Annual Principal Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree on March 25th is Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and Moderator of the Curia.

BishopKnestoutBishop Knestout is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Order of Malta and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Bishop Knestout serves on the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors. In addition, he has been a member of the Archdiocesan Building Commission since 1991 and the Archdiocesan Sacred Arts Commission since 1994. He is a member of the Administrative Board of the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Moderator of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association. He also serves as the Region IV representative on the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, as well as the Episcopal Liaison to the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference. He was co-chair of the Papal Visit Planning Committees in 2008 and 2015, managing many of the preparations for the historic April 2008 and September 2015 visits to Washington, DC by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.


Full biographies may be found below

thumb nine day novena 2016 downstreamIn preparation for Election Day, the Knights of Columbus is calling its members and all the faithful to join together in a novena to the Holy Trinity through the maternal intercession of the Blessed Mother, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States.

On the nine days leading up to Election Day — beginning on Sunday, Oct. 30 and concluding on Monday, Nov. 7 — please join Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori in invoking the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for our country.

The prayer is addressed to the Holy Trinity through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

Individuals, families, councils and parishes are all invited to participate.

“The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. He added: “Pope Francis has said in reference to the U.S. election that we should ‘study the proposals well, pray and choose with your conscience,’ and this novena is designed to help Catholic Americans do that.”

In 1791, America’s first bishop, John Carroll, entrusted the country to the Blessed Mother, and in 1846 the bishops of the United States reaffirmed that dedication, declaring Mary as patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

The novena prayer can be found HERE.


PG-113PG 113PG-745USPG 745USAt the directive of the Supreme Knight, the Supreme Master, the Vice Supreme Master and in consultation with the District Master, the following is the policy on the wearing of lapel pins on the Fourth Degree uniforms in the Archdiocese of Washington:

  1. In accordance with Supreme Directive, the PG-113 pin will be worn for all events held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine (including the District Master and Staff Installation on Saturday!).  Many of these events are Supreme events.
  2. The PG-113 pin is designated as the official pin of the Calvert Province.  Therefore, the PG-113 pin will be worn for all Provincial events.
  3. The PG-113 pin will be worn for the Installation of Assembly Officers, since The Installation of Assembly Officers Ceremonial Form 1355 E-11-12 states the Fourth Degree lapel pin will be worn by members, Color Corps, District Master and Marshal.
  4. The PG-113 pin will be worn for the Fourth/Patriotic Degree Exemplification, which is a Supreme level ceremonial.
  5. The National Pin PG-745US will be worn for all District and Assembly level events.

The Supreme Knight has directed that we present an image of One Uniform, One Ceremonial, and One Drill Manual.  The PG-113 pin contains our patriotic colors of Red, White, and Blue, and wherever we go for ceremonials, there is a U.S. Flag present for us to show proper respect and pride!  We will forever continue to do so.

This lapel pin policy ensures uniformity no matter where we turn out or for what event.  But, I will keep the other pin that I am not wearing, and a U.S. Flag pin in my pocket on a piece of cardboard or paper, so that they are available, and I hope that you will, too!


Micheal W. Thumm, FDD, PGK, PFN
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Master, Archdiocese of Washington District

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