Fourth Degree


For most men who follow Jesus, there comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. That's what the Knights of Columbus is all about. The Patriotic Degree allows Knights to take this one step further. "Sir Knight" is more than a title. It's an honor.


Fourth Degree Florida District – De Soto Province

Virtual Patriotic Exemplification June 19, 2021

Worthy Faithful Navigators,

I am happy to announce a unique opportunity for Third Degree members of the Knights of Columbus to advance to the Fourth Degree.

The next Fourth Degree Exemplification in the Florida District will be held virtually on Saturday, June 19, 2021, using the Zoom platform.

The first online Fourth Degree Exemplification in March was an outstanding success, with more than 450 candidates advancing to the Patriotic Degree.

With the success of the new Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity, all new Third Degree Knights now have the opportunity to become a full-fledged Fourth Degree Knights online. Faithful Navigators and Sir Knights are encouraged to share this information with their respective councils about this opportunity.

Unlike the Third Degree Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity (which can be taken anywhere, and observed by family and friends), the online Exemplification of the Fourth Degree is for Candidates and Sir Knights only – sorry, no guests. We are encouraging each participating Assembly to hold a "watch party," attended only by Candidates and Sir Knights. The participation of more than one assembly in a "watch party" is encouraged.  The Faithful Navigator will do the actual knighting at the proper time. Candidates and Officers should wear coat and tie; Fourth Degree members should wear coat and tie as well.

Obviously, there are several different procedures.

Every Third-Degree Knight should be offered the opportunity to join the Fourth Degree. Every council should forward the completed Form 4s to the local assembly for approval and signatures. Every Form 4 must be submitted to the assembly. The registration fee per candidate is $50 ($25 for Priests). Candidates' Checks should be made out to the candidate's Assembly. Each Assembly should then make out one check to John J. O'Toole, Master.

Assemblies will be required to send in an Assembly Candidate Registration form, signed Form 4 (all four copies), the exemplification certificate and the assembly check no later than Saturday, June 12. We will in turn send the signed certificate, social baldric and pin to the Assembly, and we will also send the procedures for viewing online, and hosting an online Exemplification

Please note that each Assembly must "check in" online prior to the Exemplification to ensure an accurate list of candidates in attendance.

The online ceremony will begin at noon, and end by 1:30 p.m. It will be held on Zoom, with links sent out prior to the ceremony.

The Florida District Degree Team will perform the Exemplification Ceremony at a remote studio location.

The candidate fee is $50. The fee for a Priest is $25. The deadline is June 12.

With the Coronavirus pandemic entering its second year, we urge you to continue to be safe.

Thank You and God Bless,

John J. O'Toole

Master, Florida District (954) 801-4914

All Assembly checks are made payable to "John J. O'Toole – Master" and sent to:

John J. O'Toole - Master

9686 SW 92 Place Road,

Ocala 3448