Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”). 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.
Many Fourth Degree members of the Father Thomas R. Carey Council are also members of Msgr. A.X.M. Sharpe Assembly #477 in Clarkston, a part of Michigan’s Fourth Degree. They also participate regularly in a wide variety of ceremonial functions at St. Joseph Church and Christ the Redeemer, providing a visible reminder of the Knights of Columbus presence in our parish and community.