The Fourth Degree- Patriotism

Our Worthy Supreme Master, Dennis Stoddard, has appointed Past State Deputy and former Supreme Director David Bellendier as the new Master of the Fourth Degree of the Father Padilla Province.

To contact any of the members of the 4th Degree Officers and Exemplification team, find their information in the 4th Degree Directory

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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

District Master Joe Ramirez, is also a member of the board for the Iowa Special Olympics.  He is challenging all Knights in Iowa to come up with at least 20 teams for the 2015 Plane Pull in benefit of Special Olympics..

Last year the Iowa Knights of Columbus came up with 5 teams which raised close to $10,000 for Iowa Special Olympics, including the famed "White Collar Workers" team made up by priests of the Diocese of Des Moines.

Get your gloves, flex your muscles and help Iowa Special Olympics continue its great work.  For more details click on the picture to the left or here.

Keep Msgr. Jerry Stessman in your prayers.

Msgr. Gerald Stessman has served diligently as District Friar since 2007 and is now facing health issues, therefore he has not been able to attend exemplifications.  We keep praying for Monsignor Stessman's health with deep admiration and gratitude for all he has done for the 4th Degree Knights in Iowa.

We are working hard on raising over $20,000 for the Military Chaplain Program sponsored by the Supreme Council.  Bring this Military Chaplains Scholarship Presentation to your Assemblies to promote this worthy cause.

Exemplification Dates - 2015


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. The qualifications for membership in the Fourth Degree are: membership in the Knights for at least six months and being a Third Degree Knight. 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)

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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