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The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.

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Knights of
4th Degree
Samuel Cardinal
Stritch Assembly


4th Degree Regalia Rules

Notice to ALL 4th Degree Members.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About The New FOURTH DEGREE UNIFORM


New Fourth Degree Uniform

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 aging of our Fourth Degree membership
  • the slow growth of the Fourth Degree (fewer than 20 percent of Knights are Fourth Degree members, and only a fraction of that number even serve as honor guards)
  • consistent reports that the old regalia presented a barrier to Fourth Degree membership, especially among younger men

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?

A: Any member who purchased the old regalia after May 1, 2017, can submit their receipt along with their member number to Information will then be sent to that member on how to receive a $200 credit toward the new uniform.

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.”

Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Regalia

Laws and Rules of the Order Governing the Fourth Degree
of the Knights of

 Article XI Official Dress and Regalia Official Dress - Section 38
 Article XI Official Dress and Regalia Color Corps Regalia - Section 40
 Article XII Color Corps The Establishment of - Section 41
 Article XII Color Corps Procedure and Manual for the Sword - Section 42
 Article XI - Official Dress and Regalia Official Dress -Section 38
The official dress for the Fourth Degree shall be black bow tie, plain white tuxedo shirt, black cummerbund, black footwear, black tuxedo and social baldric worn under the coat, from right shoulder to left hip.

Cape, chapeau, gloves, service baldric and sword, are only required of those members participating in the Color Corps.
 Color Corps Regalia - Section 40
(a) The official regalia when serving in a Color Corps is the same as the official dress of a member with the following additions: black chapeau and cape with color of the office as described below, white gloves, service baldric and silver sword. Vice Supreme Masters, Masters and former such officers only shall be permitted to bear the gold sword.

(b) The colors to be used with the capes and chapeaus of the Color Corps are as follows:

 Supreme Master   Dark Blue Cape and Chapeau
 Vice Supreme Master   Light Blue Cape and Chapeau
 Master   Gold Cape and Chapeau
 Faithful Navigator   White Cape and Chapeau
 District Marshall   Green Cape and Chapeau
 Assembly Commander   Purple Cape and Chapeau
 Color Corps Members   Red Cape and White Chapeau

(c) The colors worn by the Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Masters, Masters, and Faithful Navigators may continue to be worn by such officers following their completion of service in that office.

(d) These colors shall be mandatory January 2008.

 Article XII Color Corps (41)
 The Establishment of - Section 41
(a) Assembly may henceforth establish a uniform drill corps with the approval of the Master of the District and such unit shall be known as "Fourth Degree Color Corps of (your) Assembly"

(b) A Color Corps may participate in exemplifications, religious and public functions only on consent of the Master. The Master shall have full control of the Color Corps in his district, except as hereinafter provided and shall be held strictly accountable for such unit.

(c) The Faithful Navigator shall appoint a Commander of the Color Corps for his Assembly.
 Knights of Columbus Fourth Color Corps

Extracted from the Fourth Degree Drill Manual

  • Color Corps Authorization

  • Official Regalia Dress - Members

  • Official Regalia Dress - Color Corps

  • Baldrics

  • Protocol for the Color Corps

  • Jewels

 Color Corps Authorization
Every assembly should organize and maintain a Fourth Degree color corps under the supervision and direction of the Master of the District. Such bodies may participate in installations, exemplifications, religious and public functions and parades, with the consent of the Master of the District.
 Official Regalia Dress - Members
The Fourth Degree member official regalia dress is as follows:
  • Black Tuxedo
  • Plain White Tuxedo Shirt pleated and with collar (No wing tip collars)
  • Black Bow Tie
  • Black Footwear
  • Black Socks
  • Black Cummerbund (No vests)
  • Social Baldric (worn under the coat, from right shoulder to left hip.)
  • Lapel Pin (Official Fourth Degree Pin item PG-113)
  • Name Badge

In warm climates and during warm months a white dinner jacket may be worn, if done as a unit but only with the approval of the VSM or MFD.

A member serving in the Armed Forces of his country is in proper attire when dressed in Military dress uniform.

A United States Flag pin may be worn on the lapel. A Fourth Degree pin may also be worn on the lapel and It is optional. (it is suggested that if the member wishes to wear it he should have a buttonhole put on his tuxedo) The size shall be the same size as that approved by the Supreme Council.

When a Fourth Degree member attends an official function of the Order where Fourth Degree dress is required, he may wear the jewel of his office around his neck, be it Fourth Degree or Third Degree, together with the Social Baldric. This applies only if he is currently serving in that office.

A former Supreme Director, Past State Deputy, Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator, Former Vice Supreme Master, Former District Master, Former District Deputy, or Past Faithful Navigator may wear the miniature jewel of these offices, in accordance with the guidelines in the Protocol Handbook.

 Official Regalia Dress - Color Corps

The Knights of Columbus Color Corps official regalia dress is the same as the official regalia dress of a member, with the following additions:

  • Black Chapeau with plum or the color of the office as set forth below with the Fourth Degree patch on the right side.
  • Black Cape with lining or the color of the office as set forth below with a Fourth Degree patch on the left shoulder.
  • White gloves.
  • Social Baldric is removed and a Service Baldric, together with a sword, is worn over the coat from the right shoulder to the left hip. When a sword is not permitted for any reason, the Service Baldric shall be worn nevertheless.
  • Color bearers wear a color harness and Service Baldric, but no sword.
  • The same rules apply with reference to wearing jewels of office.
  • A pocket name badge shall not be worn when dressed in Color Corps regalia.
 Supreme Master   Dark Blue Cape and Chapeau
  Vice Supreme Master   Light Blue Cape and Chapeau
 Master   Gold Cape and Chapeau
 Faithful Navigator   White Cape and Chapeau
 District Marshall   Green Cape and Chapeau
 Assembly Commanders   Purple Cape and Chapeau
 Color Corps   Red Cape and White Chapeau
 Former Vice Supreme Masters   Blue Cape and Chapeau
 Former Masters   Gold Cape and Chapeau
 Past Faithful Navigators   White Cape and Chapeau

 United States

  Red, White and Blue

 Protocol for Color Corps
In all ceremonies, whether within a church, other building, or out-of doors and when acting in conjunction with a group of the clergy, alter servers, societies, military units or others, it is important that the Master, Marshal, Commander or SK in charge of the Color Corps consult with the Ordinary of an Archdiocese or Diocese to clarify all of the procedures that are acceptable within that jurisdiction. At the Local level, it is imperative that the color corps commander consult with the celebrant or with those in charge of the other components, and act in conformity with them. If a master of ceremonies or marshal is in charge, his suggestions shall be followed although it may deviate from the suggested procedures outlined herein.
 Silent Commands
Reference is made in this section to "visual commands" Due to the necessity for silence, particularly during a drill participation in church, silent "cues" must be used by the drill commander to instruct members and to give commands.
When a Fourth Degree member attends an official function of the Order where Fourth Degree dress is required, he may wear the jewel of his office around his neck, be it Fourth Degree or Third Degree, together with the Social Baldric.

No. 104 - 4th Degree Officers Jewels

No. 102-B - Past Faithful Navigator Jewel

No. 103 - Council Officers Jewel

No. 101-A - Past Grand Knight Jewel

 Article XII Color Corps (42)
 Procedure and Manual for the Sword - Section 42
The procedure and the Manual of the Sword shall be in accordance with the "Color Corps Drill Manual" as approved by the Board of Directors. In the absence of such directive the Master has full control provided, however, that he first receives approval of such procedure from the Supreme Master.

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