4th Degree Father Badin Assembly 0244
3rd Monday of each month. Begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the Knights of Columbus. It is offered only to those Knights who
have shown themselves to be especially solicitous of the welfare of their Church, their families, their
community and their nation.
To a considerable degree, Fourth Degree activities are family activities. For that reason we have prepared
the following information. It is intended as a brief overview of the Fourth Degree, and in particular, the
special relationship it has to the ladies of it's members. Therefore we address these pages to you.
The Purpose of the 4th Degree
The Fourth Degree is the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus, and on a national level, it comprises
roughly 10% of the membership of the Order. It has five major objectives.
1. To promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the civic community.
2. To educate its members, and others, both in the teachings of Holy Mother Church, and the history of
3. 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.
4. To oppose dissemination and spread of doctrine dangerous to our form of government, and to the
Divine law of faith and morality.
5. To support by word and deed, the duly constituted authorities of local, state and national government,
and to recognize excellence in public life.
The Fourth Degree, both collectively and individually, supports those religious, civic, and charitable causes
which are designed to implement one or more of those five objectives.
Pope John Paul II Greeting
"What we do, we do for the glory of God." It's a fitting reminder of our duty as Knights of Columbus to our God and his Church. Pope John Paul II, in a greeting addressing the Knights' centenary celebration in 1982, wrote "As Catholics and as Americans, as Knights of Columbus, you have a responsibility which is quite special". We are, he continued, "The Knights of the Church, the Knights of the noblest causes of mankind".
4th Degree Officers Father Badin Assembly 0244
July 1, 2016 -- June 30, 2017
Chuck Whittaker Council #1348
Rev. Ken Bartsch, OFM Conventual
Steve Volpert Council #1221
Joe Hundley Council #8052
David Welch Council #1221
Joseph T. Hennekes Council #8052
Bill Koch Council #1221
Rex Gettelfinger Council #1348
Andy Martin Council #1221
Cary Harper Council #1221
Francis Brown Council #1221
Joe Carrico Council #1808
Ralph Nordhoff Council #1221