The Fourth Degree

The Fourth Degree
Father Andrew Doherty Assembly #0155
Although the Assembly meets at the Santa Maria Council 4999, it includes members from several eastern Palm Beach County councils including 2075 of West Palm Beach, 6988 at Saint Ignatius Loyola, 11669 , 8419, and 13283 at Mary Immaculate.
Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud
For most men who follow Jesus, there comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. That's what the Knights of Columbus is all about. The Patriotic Degree allows knights to take this one step further. "Sir Knight" is more than a title. It’s an honor. If you’ve been a Knight for more than six months, and you are a Third Degree Knight in good standing, it’s time to consider taking your journey one step further.
Contact the Faithful Navigator of the Fr. Andrew Dougherty Assembly #0155 for more information.
For the Knights of Columbus, civic involvement comes in many forms. Each election year, the Knights of Columbus sponsors campaigns that urge citizens to vote, and provides rides to the polls. Members take part in community recreation programs and cultural activities, as well as patriotic observances. Knights can always be found participating in, or leading, community observances of Independence Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day, and other civic ceremonies that honor the nation and the men and women who have fought and died to protect it.
Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies also regularly recognize those who serve and protect their fellow citizens in public safety careers, including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, as well as other key figures in their communities.
Serving Those Who Serve
Knights of Columbus members give time and money not only out of a sense of duty and respect but also out of a sincere desire to show thanks to those who safeguard our country and preserve the very thing we, as Americans, value most: our freedom. Many members of our council assist the North Palm Beach “Support Our Troops” program in preparing “Care Packages” for our troops stationed overseas. Several local councils supply us with their excess Tootsie Rolls from the Assisting Citizens with Disabilities Campaign for use in this effort.
Serving Those Who Served
Our military personnel voluntarily act as the protectors of our nations, standing on the front lines while keeping us safe behind them. The Knights of Columbus acknowledges this unselfish act of patriotism by promoting the “Serving Those Who Served” program. We regularly donate to assist in providing “extras” at the local V.A. Hospital. Serving Those who Served
Heroes Fund
Understanding the dramatic impact on countless families, the day after 9/11, the Knights of Columbus established the “Heroes Fund” to provide immediate assistance to the families of civil servants who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts. Together with other councils throughout the world and our national headquarters, we raised over $1,000,000 to aide the families of first responders.
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.

Color Corps

Membership in the Color Corps is open to all fourth degree members but is not a requirement for fourth degree members. The Color Corps participates in many public functions honoring outstanding Knights, other Catholics, and special events.