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Extract of Information concerning the wearing of
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Regalia

From Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus as Amended Aug 2017

From the Supreme Council Frequently Asked Questions

Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Regalia

Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree
of the Knights of Columbus as Amended

Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaOfficial Dress - Section 38
Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaDress for Exemplification - Section 39
Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaColor Corps Regalia - Section 40
Article XII Color CorpsThe Establishment of - Section 41
Article XII Color CorpsProcedure and Manual for the Sword - Section 42

Article XI
Official Dress and Regalia

Official Dress - Section 38

The official dress for the Fourth Degree was changed during the Supreme Convention held in St. Louis, MO in August 2017. The Official Dress for the Fourth Degree shall be:

  • Official Fourth Degree Navy Blue Blazer with Fourth Degree Emblem Blazer Crest
  • Knights of Columbus Emblem of the Order buttons
  • Official Fourth Degree Gray trouser
  • Official Fourth Degree necktie
  • Official Fourth Degree black beret with Forth Degree metal badge
  • Plain white dress shirt with button cuff (no French cuffs and no button-down collar)
  • Black socks and plain black shoes
  • Official Fourth Degree Lapel Pin (PG-113)
  • Incumbent Jewel of Office
  • Past and Former miniature medals above left pocket
  • No name badges
  • Black dress belt
This information amends Article XI, Official Dress and Regalia, Section 38 of the Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. The information about the name badge and belt were added during the Supreme Assembly Meeting.

No vests or bow ties will be allowed. Tie tacks and tie bars are not to be worn. The Flag Pin will not be worn with the Official Member Regalia. Name badges will not be worn on the uniform.

The Uniform is not required to become a Sir Knight. Only those members of the Fourth Degree wishing to participate in the Color Corps need purchase the New Uniform. Members of the Fourth Degree are not required to purchase the New Official Regalia.

Dress for Exemplification - Section 39

The dress for the exemplifications was also changed. Candidate dress shall now be:

Black or dark (blue or grey) business suit with black shoes, white dress shirt and tie, and candidate identification.

Armed forces, police and firefighters remains a Class A dress uniform.

For honor guard: official dress as set forth in section 38.

This information amends Article XI, Dress for Exemplification, Section 39 of the Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus.

Candidates are not required to purchase the Official Member Regalia.

Color Corps Regalia - Section 40

(a) The official regalia when serving in a Color Corps (Honor Guard or Color Guard) is the same as the official dress of a member OR a black tie, plain white tuxedo shirt, black cummerbund, black sock, plain black shoes, black tuxedo and social baldric worn under the coat, from right shoulder to left hip, with the following additions:

(i) Black chapeau with a white plume or color of the office as described below; and

(ii) Black cape with red lining or color of the office as described below; and

(iii) White gloves; and

(iv) Service baldric worn over the coat, from right shoulder to left hip; and

(v) Silver sword. The Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Masters, Masters and former such officers only shall be permitted to bear the gold sword.

(b) The colors to be used with the capes and chapeaus of the Color Corps are as follows:

Supreme Master Dark Blue Cape and Chapeau
Vice Supreme MasterLight Blue Cape and Chapeau
MasterGold Cape and Chapeau
Faithful NavigatorWhite Cape and Chapeau
District MarshallGreen Cape and Chapeau
Assembly CommanderPurple Cape and Chapeau
Color Corps MembersRed Cape and White Chapeau

(c) The colors worn by the Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Masters, Masters, and Faithful Navigators may continue to be worn by such officers following their completion of service in that office.

(d) These colors shall be mandatory January 2008.

Article XII
Color Corps

The Establishment of - Section 41

(a) Assembly may henceforth establish a uniform drill corps with the approval of the Master of the District and such unit shall be known as "Fourth Degree Color Corps of ...... Assembly"

(b) A Color Corps may participate in exemplifications, religious and public functions only with the consent of the Master. The Master shall have full control of the Color Corps in his district, except as hereinafter provided and shall be held strictly accountable for such unit.

(c) The Faithful Navigator shall appoint a Commander of the Color Corps for his Assembly. One and only one Commander shall be appointed. The Color Corps Commander's cape and chapeau will be furnished by the Assembly and shall remain the property of the Assembly at such time as the Commander is replaced.

Knights of Columbus New Uniform

Earlier this month (August 2017), the Knights of Columbus board of directors unanimously voted to adopt a new uniform for the Fourth Degree. The decision was made with the good of the entire Order in mind. While we understand that some members may prefer the old regalia, the supreme master and vice supreme masters urge all Fourth Degree members to put the good of the Order before any personal preference.

The board decided to make this move based on the following factors:

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About New Uniform

The following FAQ should answer many of the questions that have arisen concerning this change.

Q: Will the new uniform allow the use of ceremonial swords?
A: Yes. Ceremonial swords will continue to be part of the Fourth Degree. When swords are used, gloves should also be used.

Q: How will rank be distinguished?
A: Colored patches will be worn on the beret behind the Fourth Degree emblem as follows:

  • Dark Blue Supreme Master
  • Light Blue Vice Supreme Masters
  • Gold District Masters
  • White Faithful Navigators
  • Green District Marshals
  • Purple Color Corp Commanders
Those not holding office (who formerly wore red capes) will wear berets with no patch.

Q: Will there be discounts offered on the new uniform?
A: Yes. The Order will subsidize the new uniform with a 25 percent discount offered to all members who order the new uniform prior to Nov. 30, 2017.

Q: What if a member just purchased the old regalia?
A: Any member who purchased the old regalia after May 1, 2017, can submit their receipt along with their member number to regaliacredit@kofc.org. Information will then be sent to that member on how to receive a $200 credit toward the new uniform.

Q: Is the Order making money on the new uniform?
A: No, the uniform is being sold at (or sometimes below) our cost.

Q: Was the new uniform field tested prior to its release?
A: Yes. The new uniform was field tested by Fourth Degree members attending the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.

Q: Can the old regalia still be worn?
A: Yes, for a time. While the preference is for the new uniform wherever possible, the old regalia can still be worn until the end of the 2018-2019 fraternal year (June 30, 2019). After that date, only the new uniform should be worn.

Q: Who made this decision?
A: The board of directors made this decision earlier this year after a three year period of testing and discussion. In addition, changing the uniform/regalia was previously discussed with the vice supreme masters at the Supreme Assembly.

Q: Did members have input on this?
A: For years, supreme officers and directors have received comments from members and prospective members that the old regalia was a barrier to membership overall, or to membership in the Fourth Degree.

Q: In what context should this change best be understood?
A: During the convention, the Good of the Order Committee stated: “We commend all of the faithful Sir Knights who have proudly worn the Fourth Degree regalia, bringing much respect to the Order. With the new Fourth Degree uniform, recently approved by the Board of Directors, this honor and respect associated with Sir Knights will remain, and it will open the door more widely for a new generation to join their ranks. In a spirit of unity, let us assist with a smooth transition to this new uniform and encourage it to be worn with great dignity and pride.”

To purchase a New Uniform, you must purchase it as a set from Supreme Council:

http://www.knightsgear.com/regalia#product-details - Purchase New Uniform

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