If you are over 18 years of age; a citizen of the country in which you reside; a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See; and you are a Third Degree member in good standing, it’s time to consider joining the ranks of the Patriotic Degree. There is no longer a waiting period to join. To learn more about the Patriotic Degree click here.
COLOR CORPS When knighthood was in flower, knights carried the sword to defend their God, their Church, their country and their fellow man according to the code of chivalry. Today, Sir Knights wear regalia and carry the sword to honor Christ and His apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions specified in this manual. Hence, the primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large.
The Color Corps members exemplify all the principles of our Order:
Charity – by the gift of their time and energies necessary to practice, perfect and perform the ceremonials and sword drill;
Unity – by the united efforts of Sir Knights to practice & perfect a coordinated drill for the good of the Church and the Order;
Fraternity – by expressing an “Esprit de Corps,” sharing a common desire for drill excellence and camaraderie; and
Patriotism – by performing precision drill as a salute to God and to country and visually exhibiting a love for both.
The public appearance of the Patriotic Degree Knights as a Color Corps at religious and civic functions is an important activity of each assembly. Their colorful capes and chapeaux add dignity and the pride of Church and country to any event. By these public demonstrations their loyalties bring credit to themselves and to the Knights of Columbus.
Explanation of the colors of capes and chapeau worn by the Patriotic Degree when in full regalia, and what these colors signify. They are as follows:
Vice Supreme Master
Color Corp Commander
Red Cape-White Plumes
Starting at the Supreme level, there is the Supreme Master and the Supreme Board of Directors. The next level of the structure is broken into provinces of which there are twenty. Each province is lead by a Vice-Supreme Master. The Vice-Supreme Master wears a light blue lined cape and chapeau. There are currently 15 provinces in the United States, 4 in Canada, 1 in Mexico and 1 in the Philippines.The province is then broken up into districts.
We are in the Saint Junipero Serra Province. Most districts are either an entire State or a section of a larger State (i.e. California has three districts – North, Central and South).