New Fraternal Year 2016 - 2017
Indeed that was a great honour to have Rev. Bishop Jose Kalluvel, Rev Fr. Adam
Laskrzewski and Rev Fr. Chacko Parakkatt as members of
the Knight of Columbus council#12214 Cristo Rei Parish.
Congratulation to all the members and warm welcome on
behalf of the executive committee and the council.
The council would like to thank the degree team for conducting the degree at our
parish (Fr.Michael Room)
and Fr.Carlos (our Chaplin) for encouraging the clergy to be a part of this great
The Knight of Columbus.
What is a
For lack of a better definition, a "Degree" can loosely be interpreted as "being introduced to a new
principle". Being of a lower degree in the Knights does not really affect what you can be involved in or
what activities you can contribute to. However, all officers and 4th Degree applicants have to have already
obtained their 3rd degree.
In a degree ceremony you are introduced to one of four principles that the Knights of Columbus holds in
high regard. In your first degree, you learn of the principle of "charity". In your second degree, You
learn of the principle of "unity". In your third degree, you learn the principle of "fraternity". Finally,
in your fourth degree, you learn about the principle of "patriotism". It's these four principles that we
base all of our actions. To move forward, you must learn of each in detail.
First Degree Ceremony -
The first degree ceremony is for prospective Knights that wish to enter the order. You must be over 18,
Male, and a Catholic in good standing. An application needs to be filled out and submitted to a fellow
Knight who will read it in at a business meeting. Once approved, the prospective Knight is sponsored and
invited to attend the first degree ceremony.
Second and Third Degree
Ceremonies - Unity & Fraternity
The second and third degree ceremony does not have any requirements or applications to fill out. (Your
council dues cover the cost of the ceremony). The ceremonies are also typically done together, so a Knight
will have jumped from a 1st degree to 3rd degree Knight by the end of the process. Since the ceremony is
held usually at another council, Knights of our council usually carpool together in support of one another.
Fourth Degree Ceremonies
The 4th degree ceremony is a big moment for a Knight and his family. The prospective 4th degree candidate
will be in a ceremony most for most of the day while his wife attends functions specially arranged for her.
This day is for both the Knight and his spouse which includes activities for both. A black tie celebration
for the Knight and his spouse is held that evening.
The 4th degree exemplification happens twice a year.
To apply for the 4th degree exemplification you have to have attained your 3rd degree and been a knight for
at least 6 months. A application has to be filled out and degree fees have to be submitted. The ceremony
and celebration after is a black tie event.
Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity
that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. You may recognize 4th degree Honor Guard
members as they wear a tux, colorful capes, chapeaux (feathered hats), white gloves, and a sword.