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Paul Lee

Master of the Fourth Degree

Iowa District

Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud

A Man’s Country is Not a Certain Area of Land, of Mountains, of Rivers, or Woods, but it is a principle.

Patriotism is Loyalty to that Principle.


The life of a Sir Knight is meant to exemplify the truest sense of that Principle.


Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country; we believe in standing up for both as a joy-filled duty. Whether it’s in public or private, Sir Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are among the most loyal citizens.

Upcoming Exemplifications

Show your love for your Church and Country by becoming a Sir Knight through membership in the Fourth Degree

Sat. August 26- Sioux City, 2pm at St. Michael

Mon. October 9- virtual, 7pm start

Sat November 11- Council Bluffs

Feb- Waterloo/Cedar Falls

Fri. April 14- Council Bluffs (State Convention), 1pm start

PENDING-Spanish 4th Degree in Des Moines area

What is the Fourth Degree?


On February 22, 1900, the first Fourth Degree exemplification or degree ceremony was held in New York City. Local units, called assemblies, draw their members from Knights of Columbus councils. The first Iowa assembly to be instituted was Loras Assembly located in Davenport, Iowa in November 1902. Presently there are a total of 47 assemblies in the Father Padilla Province, Iowa District. Qualification for membership in the Fourth Degree is to be a Third Degree Knight in good standing.



The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. Knights of the Patriotic Degree are dedicated to the personal development and continued honor of brother Knights. We are there to offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement to our brother Knights and to fellow Catholics.


The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. Knights of the Patriotic Degree glorify God by serving our communities and nations as though Christ were the one being served.


Knights of the Patriotic Degree are dedicated to the service of their Church, their country and our Order. These men are unified in the Fourth Degree to support religious, civic and charitable causes. Most importantly Sir Knights 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.



The Color Corps is an elective division of the Patriotic Degree that presents a visible reminder of our service to the community. These members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, and at ecclesial functions of Catholic churches.

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If you are 18 and a Knight of Columbus in the 3rd Degree, you meet the requirements to become a Sir Knight!

Click HERE to get on the list for the next ceremony.

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4th Degree Resources

Forms for Exemplifications
Star Assembly Checklist
The Meaning of the Flag Draped Coffin
Memo Regarding Use of Swords
Chalice Ceremony
Another Chalice Ceremony
VA HomeFront Flyer
Military Scholarship Program
The History of the US Flag
Volunteer Training
A Million and One Reasons to Volunteer
Supreme Forms
VA HomeFront Website
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