The Patriotic Degree

On behalf of the Sir Knights of the Iowa District, welcome. I hope you find resources to be "Religious Devoted, Patriotically Proud". We strive to be a positive and welcoming presence throughout the Order, our parishes, and our communities.

District Master Michael Gaspers



If your Assembly is interested in hosting an Exemplification in the near future, please contact District Master Michael Gaspers. Click HERE for the upcoming exemplifications.


The History of the US Flag



What is the Fourth Degree?               

On February 22, 1900, the first Fourth Degree exemplification or degree ceremony was held in New York City. The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship. Local units, called assemblies, draw their members from Knights of Columbus councils. Qualification for membership in the Fourth Degree is being a Third Degree Knight in good standing. A Fourth Degree Knight may become part of the assembly's color corps. These members are recognized widely by their distinctive attire of tuxedo, feathered hat (chapeau), cape and sword. These members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, and at ecclesial functions at Catholic churches. The various colored capes and chapeau feathers denote different officer positions within the Fourth Degree.

The first Iowa assembly to be instituted was Loras Assembly located in Davenport, Iowa in November 1902. Presently there are a total of 41 assemblies in the Father Padilla Province, Iowa District, now under the leadership of District Master Joseph A. Ramirez of Des Moines, Iowa, who is the executive officer and representative of Supreme Master Dennis J. Stoddard.

The Fourth Degree is the highest and most prestigious degree within the Knights of Columbus. It is a group of outstanding Knights who 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. Membership in the Fourth Degree may be made to any Assembly provided the applicant is over eighteen years of age, a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See, and a Third Degree member in good standing in his council.

Thank You Letter from KofC Charities (click here)

2017 - 4th Degree Class, Algona (3/25)

2016 - 4th Degree Class, Burlington (11/12)

2016 - 4th Degree Class, Marion (10/9)

2016 - 4th Degree Class, State Convention (4/15)

2016 - 4th Degree Class, Quad Cities (3/12)

2016 - 4th Degree Class, Marshalltown (3/6)

2016 - 4th Degree Class, Panama (1/9)

2015 - 4th Degree Classes

4th Degree Class -  11/7/2015

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2015 State Convention - 4th Degree Class

The 114th Convention of the Iowa Knights of Columbus held a 4th Degree Exemplification where 98 new Sir Knights received the lesson of the Patriotic Degree.  The Class Honoree was Father Michael Phillips, retired priest from Iowa City, IA

Left to Right: David Bellendier, Past Supreme Director and Past State Deputy; Jim Murphy, Past Supreme Director and Past State Deputy; Patrick O'Keefe, Former District Master and Past State Deputy; William G. Baalman, Vice-Supreme Master, Former District Master and Past State Deputy; Joe Ramirez, District Master and Past State Deputy; Gary Nolan, Vice President of Fraternal Services, Training and Ceremonial for the Supreme Office, Past State Deputy and Former Master; David Miller, District Marshall

State Convention 4th Degree Class Picture - May 2, 2014

Algona 3/1/2014

Cedar Rapids 3/15/2014

Sioux City - April 12, 2014


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