What is a Degree?
For Candidates

Within the Order, there are four “Degrees” of Knighthood, and each degree is meant to exemplify one of our four principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

A candidate joins our Order by participating in the exemplification of the First Degree, which imparts a lesson on charity.  

Upon completion, he is then said to be a First Degree Knight of Columbus. Members participate in subsequent degrees, each focusing on another virtue.  Upon reaching the Third Degree, the member is considered a full Knight.  The highest degree is the Fourth Degree.  A Fourth Degree Knight earns the title of "Sir Knight."

So imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.

Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.  

We are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church.

Come see just what we are all about and take the first steps to enhance your personal life by participating in the First Degree Exemplification.

Candidates for admission into our Order should first contact Marquette Council prior to participating in the First Degree Exemplification. 

For more information, please contact the following: 

Barry Waller, PGK

Paul Gagnet, PGK
 
 
 

 
Understanding the Emblem of Our Order
All Brother Knights are entrusted with the Emblem of the Order. But do you understand its symbolism? 

The emblem of the Order, which dates to 1883, consists of a blue shield mounted on top a red and white Formée Cross. The shield is associated with a medieval Knight, and the Formée Cross represents the Cross of Christ, which represents the Catholic spirit of our Order.

Mounted on the shield are three objects: (1) a fasces (which is a bundle of wooden sticks with a protruding medieval ax); (2) an anchor; and (3) a short sword.

Dating to Roman times, the fasces is symbolic of authority, which must exist in any tightly-bonded and efficient organization.  The anchor is the mariner’s symbol for Columbus, the patron of our Order, and the sword was the weapon of the Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy.  Thus, the shield and its objects express Catholic Knighthood in organized merciful action.

The red, white and blue found on the Emblem are the colors of our country. Red is the symbol of courage. Blue is the symbol of hope, and white is the symbol of nobility.  More importantly, red is also the color of Christ’s blood, and the symbol of our faith in Christ. White is the color of the Eucharistic Host, and the symbol of Charity.  And blue is the color of Our Lady’s mantle, and the symbol of Hope. Thus, they symbolize Faith, Hope and Charity. 

Always wear the Emblem of the Order with Pride, Dignity, and Honor, and be inspired to live the virtues it proclaims.

For Councils 
 
Marquette Council has a respected and talented First Degree Team.

If you would like the Marquette Team to conduct a First Degree at your Council, please contact us.

Barry Waller, PGK

Paul Gagnet, PGK