4th Degree Father Badin Assembly 0244
3rd Monday of each month. Begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. with Rosary, immediately followed with meeting.
Meetings are normally held at Council #1221 in New Albany, IN.
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".
Fr. Stephen Badin was the first Catholic priest ordained in the United States, a title he took great pride in. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us about this gruff, rigid man who was also a tender and caring pastor, a man who traveled well over 100,000 miles in pursuit of souls for Christ.
Knights of Columbus have served on the front lines of every war fought by the United States since the Order’s founding in 1882. There is a natural affinity between the virtues of military service and the Knights’ principles, and the Order has never wavered in its support for the armed forces. This legacy is explored in a new 40-minute documentary.
4th Degree Officers Father Badin Assembly 0244
July 1, 2023 -- June 30, 2024
Joseph T. Hennekes Council #8052
Rev. Ken Bartsch, OFM Conventual
Dan S. Gulley Council #1221
Chuck Whittaker Council #1348
David Welch Council #1221
Jason Theis Council #9269
Cary Harper Council #1221
Michael Carter Council #1221
Andy Martin Council #1221
Steve Byerley Council #1221
Michael Albers 3rd Yr. Council #8052
Steve Volpert 2nd Yr. Council #1221
Greg Brodfehrer 1st Yr. Council #1221