The Degrees of the Order
The Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
A First Degree exemplification ceremony, by which a man joins the Order, explicates the first virtue - charity. He is then said to be a First Degree Knight of Columbus; after participating the subsequent degrees, each of which focuses on another virtue, he rises to that status. Upon reaching the Third Degree, a gentleman is considered a full member. The Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the Order. Members of this degree are addressed as "Sir Knight". The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship.
If you would like more information regarding degree exemplifications, please contact our Grand Knight or Membership Director.