Over the past two weeks the Archdiocese of Washington District Fourth Degree Color Corps has participated in a great number of events honoring our Church, our Country, and our Order. We had the privileged to assist with the sending home of two Sir Knights at Arlington National Cemetery; we participated in a Chalice Mass at the DC VA Medical Center, honoring those who have served our nation in uniform. We participated in the District of Columbia and the Maryland State Officers Installations, praying for the future success of the Order. We participated in the Episcopal Ordination of the Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington. And soon we will be honoring our Order and Church in Baltimore for the 136th Supreme Convention.
These Color Corps events and many others are all outstanding, and provide a definite feeling of self-fulfillment, as we operate as the visible arm of the Knights of Columbus and add dignity to every event in which we participate! I encourage each Sir Knight in the Archdiocese of Washington District, to consider joining the Color Corps and then join us in these outstanding events!
The new company did tell me that they are in the process of shipping out 4,000 uniforms, so many who have ordered should see them very soon. I have had a pre-order in since October 27, 2017, and I was told that I will soon be asked to pay for the uniform, which means they are getting close to manufacturing it!
Fraternally and Patriotically,
Micheal W. Thumm
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Master, Archdiocese of Washington District
Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus
Master of the Fourth Degree SK Michael Thumm has asked for intercessory prayers with Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno for former US Marine who is suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. The text of the prayer request is below:
A priest I went to confession to suggested I contact the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus as they would pray for my husband for the healing of his progressive incurable brain disease through the intercession of Father Vincent Capodanno. (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) My husband was a Marine, a grunt in the Vietnam war and was stationed at DaNang a year after the death of Father Vincent Capodanno. My husband was there when our government sprayed Viet Nam with herbicides. He was out in the Bush and they never changed their clothes and he came down with Jungle Rot and was hospitalized for three months. He also came down with a stomach ailment. Three years ago he came down with progressive supranuclear palsy. This is a rare, incurable and very progressive brain disease . There is nothing neurologists can do for him. There is no cure.
I joined the Fr. Vincent Capodanno Guild and we have been praying for my husband's healing through his intercession. I asked a family member if they would join us in praying for a healing and they told me God doesn't heal any more. He only did that in the bible. My heart just ached hearing this. Father told me look at Lourdes. There are still miracles. My husband and I would love to see Fr. Vincent Capodanno become the first Marine saint to help those marines who were,are and will be on the battlefield. I beg of you to keep my dear husband Larry in your prayers as well as the prayers of those who are members in the Knights of Columbus. Thank you and may God bless you, My husband says: "Semper Fi"
Let us pray, as Knights and as a united District for Larry and for the miraculous cure of his Palsy.
Almighty and merciful God, look with Love on those who plead for Your help. Through the intercession of your servant, Father Vincent Capodanno, missionary and Catholic Navy Chaplain, grant the favor I earnestly seek (mention the request). May Vincent, who died bringing consolation to the Marines he was privileged to serve on the field of battle, intercede in my need as I pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
10/31/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect further details from the Supreme Master about how the Social Baldric will be used.
10/26/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect an update from the Supreme Master that the Social Baldric will continue to be used.
This will be our District's first Exemplification under the new Dress Rules. At the Maryland District exemplification there were a mix of members and candidates in tuxedos and suits. Tuxedos, particularly for candidates, are no longer required but certainly can be worn. The social baldric will continue to be used at Fourth Degree Exemplifications. The social baldric can be worn at any social event under a tuxedo jacket or under a suit jacket. The social baldric should be worn over a necktie and under the jacket. The social baldric will not be worn with the new uniform. The PG-113, Emblem of the Fourth Degree, pin is now the only pin to be worn for any Fourth Degree event whether on the New Uniform, a tuxedo, or a suit. Those PG-745-US, commonly called the combined national flag pin, are now relegated to your weekday or weekend suit or sport coat.
Supreme has extended the deadline for the 25 percent discount on ordering the new uniform to Oct. 31, 2017. Remember, you can only get the New Uniform at the KnightsGear.org and the uniforms will arrive some weeks or months in the future. There are over 2,000 uniforms on back-order at this time. The New Uniform is only required for Color Corps events but we would like to see many more Color Corpsmen added to our ranks so please get yours ordered as soon as possible.
The Vice Supreme Master, in a memorandum about the new uniform, stated that, “Those members having the official member regalia (the new uniform) will be placed in front of those in current regalia…” Here’s how we did this at the Sea Service Pilgrimage earlier this month.
Whoever is leading the formation (Marshal(s) or CCCs/VCCCs will be in front regardless of new or old uniform. Right after them will be those in the new regalia or uniform, in order or colors as we do with capes. Then follow those in the Old Regalia in order as we’ve done in the past. I would make an exception here if the Host Master was in Old Regalia, and place him right behind the Marshals or CCCs.
The Laws & Rules Governing the Fourth Degree and the Color Corps Drill Manual are being updated and will be distributed when complete.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming exemplification!
Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,
Worthy Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington District,
As many of you have heard, a new Fourth Degree Uniform was unveiled at the opening Mass of the 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The uniform consists of a blue blazer with an embroidered Emblem of the Fourth Degree on the breast pocket, dark gray trousers, a black beret with the Emblem of the Fourth Degree above the left eye, a Fourth Degree tie, and the Fourth Degree pin (PG-113).
At the opening business session of the Convention, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson stated and showcased how the uniform had changed through the years, and that this is the new changed uniform. He also stated that the Color Corps Regalia will continue to be used on a limited basis at the Assemblies choosing for public and liturgical events to provide honor guards. Until the uniform becomes available to everyone, we will continue to use our previous Standard Regalia (Cape, Chapeau, Tuxedo), such as at the upcoming AMS Father Capodanno Memorial Mass. Beyond that, we will await further guidance from the Supreme Master and our Provincial Vice Supreme Master.
I will be the first to tell you, as a leader of Marines and your leader, that the rollout of this new uniform wasn’t perfect. But we must work with the facts that we have and move forward.
Certainly we may all have opinions about the new uniform, but we must not forget and continue to live by the guiding principles of our order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. These are why we exist, and regardless of any change, I am here to work on and within these principles and the spirit of Columbianism. I hope that you are, too! In today’s world, more than ever, we are needed by many: Family, Clergy, Youth, and the Holy Catholic Church. So, my hope is that you will continue to assist in these and our many Knightly areas, no matter what!
As I receive any additional information, I will pass it on.
Thank you for all that you do for the Knights of Columbus in general and for our Patriotic Degree in particular!
Fraternally and Patriotically,
Micheal W. Thumm, FDD, PGK, PFN
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Master, Archdiocese of Washington District
Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address On January 20, 1981:
Each one of those markers (At Arlington National Cemetery) is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.
Under one such marker lies a young man—Martin Treptow—who left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.
We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, "My Pledge," he had written these words: "America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."
The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.
And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.