Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 was the day that I was called upon to further my standing within the Knights of Columbus by receiving the honourable Fourth Degree. I and about 35 others each representing the many councils across the city united as one for the honourable Patriotic Degree. To provide context, the Knights of Columbus (K of C) is an organization for Catholic men ages 18 and above. Once an individual becomes a member, they begin dedicating their time and talents through volunteer work in the church as well as running many different events to help others in the city whether that is through charity work or community involvement. To get to the Fourth degree, an individual must complete the First, Second, and Third degrees. The First Degree is a representation of ‘Charity.’ The Second Degree symbolizes ‘Unity’. And the third degree embodies Fraternity. Furthermore, what I would like to focus on is the Fourth Degree which circulates around the phenomenon of ‘Patriotism.’ The Fourth Degree is unique in that it is about fostering a sense of patriotism to our country of Canada as Catholic Canadian citizens.
It is at this stage of being a Knight where the assemblies of councils do things such as facilitating voter turnout on election days, participating in national holiday celebrations, honoring veterans for their service and sacrifice, and taking a publicly visible leadership role on important national and moral issues (K of C, 2019).
The 4th degree serves as a vital component to becoming a full Sir Knight. It is a contingency upon one’s call to strengthen their faith and serve the Lord as well as to serve our wonderful country of Canada, a place we call home.
The Emblem of the Patriotic Degree is a symbolic representation of what members are called to illustrate. The Orb or Globe represents God the Father the Creator of the Universe. The Cross is for God the Son, the Redeemer of Mankind. The Dove is a classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and Peace as it hovers over the orb of the earth (Globe). All of these symbols joined together represent Patriotism.