Knights of Columbus
South Carolina District
De Soto Province
Fourth Degree Legacy
Tom Monahon, PSD
South Carolina District Master
2646 Spring Valley Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
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
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
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.”
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
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:
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.
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