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  • Knights of Columbus

    South Carolina District De Soto Province

    Fourth Degree Legacy 2017-2018

    Tom Monahon, PSD South Carolina District Master

    2646 Spring Valley Drive Aiken, SC 29803 803-648-9925 (H) 803-270-7478 (C)

    The Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus

    Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud

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    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents 3

    The Patriotic Degree 4

    • Vision and Goals 4

    • The Fourth Degree 4

    Emblem of the Patriotic Degree 5

    Duties and Responsibilities 6

    • Faithful Navigator 6

    • Assembly Commander 7

    The Purpose of the Color Corps of the Patriotic Degree 8

    South Carolina District Legacy 9

    • South Carolina District Assembly Charter History 9

    • South Carolina District Master / Friar / Marshal History 11

    • South Carolina District Exemplification History 12

    • 2017-2018 South Carolina District Assembly 15

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    The Patriotic Degree

    Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud

    VISION & GOALS Standing Firm in Support of the Order Knights of the Patriotic Degree are dedicated to the personal development and continued honor of brother Knights. We are always there to offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement. Proudly Serving the Country Knights of the Patriotic Degree glorify God by serving our communities and nations as though Christ were the one being served. Unwavering Support of the Faith Knights of the Patriotic Degree hold unwaveringly to what is right and honorable, working to keep God in the civic arena, serving the life of the Church, and defending laws that recognize the sanctity of life and true religious liberty. Honoring the Legacy of Knighthood The Color Corps is an elective division of the Patriotic Degree that presents a visible reminder of our service to the community.

    The Fourth Degree “Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue; the fourth is the virtue of patriotism. The Fourth Degree …. [should] be thought of in terms of service to church and country, and the goals of the Fourth Degree may be summarized as the promotion of the ideals of Catholicism and Patriotism side by side. In more detail, these goals may be stated as:

    • To promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the civic community.

    • To educate its members, and others, both in the teachings of Holy Mother Church, and the history of our nation.

    • To promote by example the highest type of citizenship so necessary for the preservation and perpetuation of republican form of government, and its democratic institutions.

    • To oppose dissemination and spread of doctrine dangerous to our form of government, and to the Divine law of faith and morality.

    • To support by word and deed, the duly constituted authorities of local, state and national government, and to recognize excellence in public life.”

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    Emblem of the Patriotic Degree The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader's cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans. Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the most Blessed Trinity.

    • The Globe – God the Father, Creator of the Universe.

    • The Cross – God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind.

    • The Dove – God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity.

    The colors of the symbols are: • A blue globe with the land of the Western Hemisphere in white. • A red cross with gold borders and gold knobs at the end of the points forming the ends of the

    arms of the cross, also known as the Isabella cross. • A white dove.

    Red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which the Knights originated. They are used to stress patriotism, the basic principle of the Fourth Degree.

    Duties and Responsibilities

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    Faithful Navigators

    Congratulations on being elected Faithful Navigator of your Assembly. This honor, bestowed on you by your fellow Sir Knights, should be highly prized. Your leadership will determine the success of your Assembly this coming year. The duties and the responsibilities of the Faithful Navigator are many. The intent of this manual is to summarize those major duties expected of you and to provide you guidance for your success. Some of these responsibilities include:

    • Preside over all Assembly meetings: You are expected to conducting at least one meeting a month, 12 months a year.

    • Appoint a Program Director: This Director works with the Captain to find chairman of Assembly activities and writes up the South Carolina District Award Program nominees in a timely manner.

    • Appoint a Membership Director and Team The Membership Director does more than just encourages Third Degree members to reach for the honors of the Patriotic Degree. He actively contacts members of his Council and personally asks them to join. Many Assemblies cover multiple councils. A membership coordinator from and for these other councils form the rest of the membership team. The membership coordinator contacts the 3rd Degree members of his council on behalf of the Assembly.

    • Appoints Committees as needed

    • Countersigns checks and orders for payment

    • Assure all Assembly Forms are properly filled out and submitted to Supreme on time:

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    Assembly Commander The Assembly Commander has one of the most important responsibilities of the Assembly. He has the great responsibility for the Assembly’s Honor and Color Guard. Therefore he has the responsibility to prepare them and assure they perform professionally and with dignity. Remember, the Assembly, and therefore the honor and color guard, represent the visible arm of the Church, and of the Order. Some of these responsibilities include:

    • Pre-plan the motions of the honor guard. o The Commander shall get to the location 45 minutes to an hour ahead of time to look the

    place over. He never “wings-it.” o Do not assume seats are saved for your honor guard. Have the ushers on board. Set

    out “Reserved” signs. o Do not assume the flag stand are in the right places. Go check them. o Do not assume the flag pole bases are interchangeable. Go check them.

    • Get approval of the plan from the priest or ceremonial director. o At Mass and every religious event, the priest is in charge. His approval is mandatory. o Go over the plan with the priest to assure you have his approval for all movements of the

    honor and color guard and the use of the sword. o Do not assume that the priest will allow you to use your swords like he did last time.

    Things may have changed.

    • Drill the Color Guard. o Even with good men, practice assures the flags fit the stands, and there is unity in

    walking, turning and saluting.

    • Drill the Honor Guard on the sword commands. o For many of the Sir Knights, it may have been years since they have last used a sword.

    Many were taught incorrectly. Run through the sword commands that will be used with the entire group.

    o Verbally run through the actions that will occur so they know what is going to happen next and be looking for your hand commands.

    o Remember: No name tags. And Uniform appearance.

    • When things are not going as planned - observe, evaluate, adapt.

    • Evaluate and learn what worked and what did not work.

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    The Purpose of the Color Corps of the Patriotic Degree

    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 and 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 Fourth Degree Knights as a Color

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