When the Faithful Navigator Bill East dropped the gavel at 7:00 Monday evening, it marked a momentous event. The 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus in Divine Mercy Parish met for the very first time, with 30 Fourth Degree Knights in attendance.
Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue, the fourth being “Patriotism”. Consequently, the 4th Degree is often known as ‘The Patriotic Degree’. Until tonight, 4th Degree Knights in Divine Mercy Parish were part of the St. Philippine Duchesne Assembly at St. Paul’s Parish in Olathe.
The Fourth Degree is frequently regarded as an honorary title with its regalia of tuxedos, capes, chapeaux and swords but should rather be thought of in terms of service to church and country, and the goals of the Fourth Degree may be summarized as the promotion of the ideals of Catholicism and Patriotism side by side.
In more detail, these goals may be stated as:
- To promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the civic community.
- To educate its members, and others, both in the teachings of Holy Mother Church, and the history of our nation.
- To promote by example the highest type of citizenship so necessary for the preservation and perpetuation of Republican form of government, and its democratic institutions.
- To oppose dissemination and spread of doctrine dangerous to our form of government, and to the Divine law of faith and morality.
- To support by word and deed, the duly constituted authorities of local, state and national government, and to recognize excellence in public life.
Bill East, Faithful Navigator of the Assembly, was thrilled with the turnout. “I’m so happy that we were able to dedicate the Assembly to St. Faustina. As we are based in the Divine Mercy Parish, it is entirely appropriate.”
Maria Faustina Kowalska was canonized as a saint in 2000 and is venerated within the Church as the “Apostle of Divine Mercy”.
“It all fell together as if by design,” East adds, “And the turnout tonight reinforces that thought. I see great things for this Assembly.”