Worthy District Deputies, Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators,

The next Fourth Degree Exemplification is scheduled for May 4, 2024, at St Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Scottsdale. Sir Knight George Florentine, in memoriam, will be the Class Honoree.

The Fourth Degree is the most visible arm of the Knights of Columbus and represents the last principle of the order: Patriotism. This includes promoting responsible citizenship and love and devotion to their country. Members of the Fourth Degree are asked to participate in and serve in the Honor Guards, which also serve at civic and religious functions.

All Third-Degree members are highly encouraged to further their membership into the Fourth Degree. Faithful Navigators: Be sure to attend the council meetings that are part of your assembly to promote and recruit for the degree.

Members who wear the Fourth Degree emblem are committed to conducting themselves honorably as Catholic gentlemen in both their private and public lives. The Fourth Degree sword represents the Sir Knights’ reverence for the Eucharist, the Pope, the Bishops, and the Hierarchy of the Church. It also publicly displays his willingness to protect the Church and Priests.

The host assembly is Our Lady of the Rosary, Assembly 2374, led by FN Martin Perez, District Deputy. The assembly has a guest speaker for the Ladies during the Exemplification, again at no cost. The dinner menu will once again include prime rib and chicken with apple pie for dessert. Let us make this Exemplification a Grand Event honoring Sir Knight George Florentine, the class Honoree. SK George was instrumental in assisting in multiple parades to help make the Knights of Columbus more visible and recognized by the community.

Please see the attached Fourth Degree documents or visit Patriotic Degree’s Fourth Degree Website (kofc-az.org). Note: All forms can be completed online.

We will also have a program book available. We ask that councils, assemblies, and local businesses consider advertising in the program. Show your support for the brother knights who will attain the highest rank in our Order as Sir Knights. The form is available at: https://www.cognitoforms.com/StateWebArizona/FourthDegreeExemplificationAdvertising.

When our way of life is being challenged locally and globally, we ask that all men rise up to answer the call. Become a Fourth Degree member and show that we will publicly defend our civil rights and religious responsibilities.

God Bless America!

Michael Paz
AZ District Master
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