Due to the forecast of accumulating snow on Saturday in Olney, Maryland, the Master of the Fourth Degree has postponed the April 7th Exemplification to a date and venue to be determined between now and June 30th. The Master and his staff will work with people to see if they can make the new date, and if not, will work on refunds, as appropriate.
It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honoree for the 49th District Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been named.
Immediate Former Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District, SK John Winfrey will be the Honoree at the April 7th Exemplification. SK Winfrey will be recognized for his accomplishments for the Archdiocese of Washington District. Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington Districct are kindly asked to join the Master and Former Master at the 49th Exemplification which will take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. Registration for the exemplification and lunchon may be made online.
For more information about SK John Winfrey, please click here to read his biography page.
After several months of review, deletions, and additions the new Fourth Degree Color Corps Drill Manual has been revised and approved by the Orders Board of Directors February 2, 2018.
Additionally, effective February 2, 2018 the Supreme Master has instructed the supply department that copies of the old drill manual are no longer to be distributed.
While the initial printing of 10,000 copies is processed and makes its initial distribution to Vice Supreme Masters, District Masters, Faithful Navigators, Supreme Officers and State Deputies, a digital copy has been made available for Sir Knights on the Supreme Council's Website.
Physical copies of the Drill Manual are available for order by Faithful Navigators and Faithful Comptrollers from the supply catalog and the Supplies Online store accessed through the Officers Online Portal. The new Drill Manual supply catalog number is 808 1-18.
Please do not call and ask for additional copies for team members or assistant Marshals as my office will not process any orders.
Sir Knights, and especially members of the Color Corps are encouraged to read and heed.
It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honoree for the 48th District Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been named.
Former Supreme Warden, Past State Deputy of the District of Columbia, and Former Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District, SK George W. Hanna will be the Honoree at the October 28th Exemplification. SK Hanna will be recognized for his accomplishments most recently as Supreme Warden, and as President of the DC Knights Charities, which raised enough money to recently donate 116 wheelchairs to the DC VA Medical Center to greatly assist our veterans. Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington Districct are kindly asked to join the Master and Former Supreme Warden Hanna at the 48th Exemplification which will take place at Nativity Church in Washinton, DC. Registration for the exemplification and lunchon may be made online.
SK Hanna George W. Hanna has served the Knights of Columbus with distinction since joining the Order in 1981 and has held various council and assembly positions including Faithful Navigator of Washington Assembly #151, Grand Knight of Bishop Patrick Byrne Council #3877, District Master of the Archdiocese of Washington Fourth Degree District from 1996-2000, District Deputy in the District of Columbia, State Deputy of the District of Columbia from 1993-1995; and is a current member of St. Thomas Moore Council 11578 and James Cardinal Hickey Prince of the Church Assembly #2534 in Washington, DC
After 25 years of employment with the U.S. Postal Service, George W. Hanna joined the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office staff first as a Regional Program Consultant from 2000 -2004, then as the Director, Vice President, and then Senior Vice President of Fraternal Services, and was elected Supreme Warden by the Board of Directors on November 2, 2012.
George and his wife Yvonne are the proud parents of three grown children.
Earlier this month, the Knights of Columbus board of directors unanimously voted to adopt a new uniform for the Fourth Degree. The decision was made with the good of the entire Order in mind. While we understand that some members may prefer the old regalia, the supreme master and vice supreme masters urge all Fourth Degree members to put the good of the Order before any personal preference.
The board decided to make this move based on the following factors:
The following FAQ should answer many of the questions that have arisen concerning this change.
Q: Will the new uniform allow the use of ceremonial swords?
A: Yes. Ceremonial swords will continue to be part of the Fourth Degree. When swords are used, gloves should also be used. (see picture above).
Q: How will rank be distinguished?
A: Colored patches will be worn on the beret behind the Fourth Degree emblem as follows:
Dark Blue Supreme Master
Light Blue Vice Supreme Masters
Gold District Masters
White Faithful Navigators
Green District Marshals
Purple Color Corp Commanders
Those not holding office (who formerly wore red capes) will wear berets with no patch.
Q: Will there be discounts offered on the new uniform?
A: Yes. The Order will subsidize the new uniform with a 25 percent discount offered to all members who order the new uniform prior to Sept. 30, 2017.
Q: What if a member just purchased the old regalia?
Q: Is the Order making money on the new uniform?
A: No, the uniform is being sold at (or sometimes below) our cost.
Q: Was the new uniform field tested prior to its release?
A: Yes. The new uniform was field tested by Fourth Degree members attending the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.
Q: Can the old regalia still be worn?
A: Yes, for a time. While the preference is for the new uniform wherever possible, the old regalia can still be worn until the end of the current fraternal year (June 30, 2018). After that date, only the new uniform should be worn.
Q: Who made this decision?
A: The board of directors made this decision earlier this year after a three year period of testing and discussion. In addition, changing the uniform/regalia was previously discussed with the vice supreme masters at the Supreme Assembly.
Q: Did members have input on this?
A: For years, supreme officers and directors have received comments from members and prospective members that the old regalia was a barrier to membership overall, or to membership in the Fourth Degree.
Q: In what context should this change best be understood?
A: During the convention, the Good of the Order Committee stated: “We commend all of the faithful Sir Knights who have proudly worn the Fourth Degree regalia, bringing much respect to the Order. With the new Fourth Degree uniform, recently approved by the Board of Directors, this honor and respect associated with Sir Knights will remain, and it will open the door more widely for a new generation to join their ranks. In a spirit of unity, let us assist with a smooth transition to this new uniform and encourage it to be worn with great dignity and pride.”