"At the same time the most beautiful believers, and the most zealous citizens"
Alexis de Tocqueville on Catholics in "Democracy in America" 1840.
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of Catholic gentlemen who promote the ideals of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. The Fourth Degree is the Patriotic Degree of the Order. Knights of the Patriotic Degree glorify God by serving our communities and nations as though Christ were the one being served.
The phrase “In service to one, in service to all” has long been a motto of the Knights of Columbus. It simply means that Knights take seriously the two great commandments of Jesus Christ: to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbor as ourselves (cf. Mt 22:37-40).
Today, Sir Knights wear regalia and carry the sword to honor Christ and His apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions. Hence, the primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large.
"Knights of the Patriotic Degree hold unwaveringly to what is right and honorable, working to keep God in the civic arena, serving the life of the Church, and defending laws that recognize the sanctity of life and true religious liberty."
Assembly #3101 is the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly serving Northwest Arkansas. It is comprised of Sir Knights from Knights of Columbus Councils in Washington County.
Council #4538, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Tontitown, AR
Council #12082, St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Springdale, AR
Council #13829, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Siloam Springs, AR
Brother Knights of the Third Degree may apply for membership in the Fourth Degree Assembly. If you have a desire to attain the highest degree within the Knights of Columbus, and to serve the Church and your community more fully, speak to your Grand Knight, Fourth Degree Liaison, or Contact the Assembly.
The Knights of Columbus continue to bear prophetic witness to God’s dream for a more fraternal, just and equitable world in which all are recognized as neighbors and no one is left behind.
Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State
Experience the Full Benefits of Knighthood in Assembly #3101
The Civic Award is presented annually as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in activities conducted by Fourth Degree assemblies. Assemblies conducting a minimum of four different patriotic programs during the fraternal year are eligible for the Civic Award. As Sir Knights of the Fourth Degree, Assembly #3101 seeks and creates patriotic programs for constituent Councils and for the communities of Northwest Arkansas.
The Honor Guard is the most visible public extension of the Knights of Columbus and the privilege of participation is held only by Sir Knights of the Fourth Degree. Today, Sir Knights wear regalia and carry the sword to honor Christ and His apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions. Hence, the primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large.
Memorial Chalice Program:
Tempus fugit. Memento mori. A lesser-known benefit of membership in the Fourth Degree is the Memorial Chalice Program. The Memorial Chalice Program is designed to memorialize a Sir Knight who has passed away by presenting a chalice, with his name engraved upon it, to a bishop, priest, parish or mission. The deceased Knight is remembered in every Mass in which the chalice is used.
"The Strong Right Arm of the Church."
St. John Paull II, speaking about the Knights of Columbus
Will YOU Answer the Call?
In a time when Church attendance is down across all denominations, will you answer the call?
In a time when the need is greatest for solidarity with our priests and bishops, will you answer the call?
In at time where our country is more polarized than it has been in over a century, will you answer the call?
In a time when America must look to its Catholic citizens to be its staunchest defenders of religious liberty, Brother Knight, will you answer the call?