0001115 fourth degree lapel pin pg113 320As we get further into the introduction of the New Fourth Degree Uniform, the policy on lapel pin wear must be updated to ensure uniformity.  Therefore, the Master of the Fourth Degree has updated the Archdiocese of Washington District Lapel Pin Policy with the memorandum below.  Please ensure dissemination to all Fourth Degree members in the Archdiocese of Washington District.  A spelcial thank-you for all that is done with Patriotic Programs, Membership recruitment, and Color Corps!

Msgr BazanIt 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 50th District Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been named.

Monsignor Joaquin Bazan, longtime Knights of Columbus Chaplain and Fourth Degree Friar will be the honoree at the Patriotic Degree exemplification that will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Registration for the degree may be completed online.  A biography of Msgr. Bazan may be found below.

Color Corps are invited and needed to turn out for the opening Mass as well as the Procession, presentation and posting of the Colors on Tuesday evening for the opening of the Convention in either the new uniform OR the Legacy regalia (minus sword). Additionally, BOTH UNIFORMS are authorized and encouraged for standing watch at the Adoration Chapel during the Convention from Sunday through Thursday!  

Either uniform will include: service baldric, white gloves and ONLY the PG-113 official Fourth Degree lapel pin. Miniature jewels and current jewel of office are also authorized and NO OTHERS.

One other question has arisen, where is the practice? Gentlemen, all things "Convention Related" will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Reminder: There is parking available at the stadium parking "Lot-C" which appears to be about 4-5 blocks from the convention Center. Cost of parking in this lot for volunteers is $10/day. IF you arrive early and there is no attendant on duty, you must have a credit card to buy your pass for the day.

So please turn out for these events if you can.  Your help is needed!

For a full redux of the needs and regulations, please view our Supreme Convention Marching Orders article.


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JAF 0528District Master SK Col. Micheal W. Thumm, USMC (Ret) - (Right) presents a certificate of recognition to exemplification honoree Immediate Former Master SK John Winfrey, State Warden-elect of the Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus

The 49th exemplification of the Patriotic Degree held at St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel, Maryland on June 16th, 2018 was deemed a great success by District Master SK Col. Micheal W. Thumm, USMC (Ret). The exemplificaiton, held in honor of Immediate Former Master SK John Winfrey and the State Warden-Elect of the Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus, welcomed 115 new Sir Knights into the 4th Degree of the Order of the Knights of Columbus. The event was followed by a luncheon featuring musical interludes by the J. Kemp Cook Choir and speeches by local Columbian dignitaries.

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.

District Prayer Intentions

  • For the healing of Edward Cunanan
  • For the healing of Helena Jones
  • For the recovery of Ed Padget
  • For the recovery of Pete Streiner
  • For the health of Mary K Page
  • For Bill Goodwyn in his struggles with Alzheimers
  • For the repose of the souls of the 5 Sulivan Brothers
  • For the repose of the soul of Althea Patton
  • For the repose of the soul of Marcia Kubic
  • For the repose of the soul of Robert Streiner
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