Knights of Columbus change Fourth Degree uniforms – Arizona News

Knights of Columbus change Fourth Degree uniforms – Arizona News

Members of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in Arizona wear the traditional capes and chapeaus associated with them in this 2014 file photo. During the Supreme Convention in St. Louis Aug. 1, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson announced the uniform would be changed. (Ambria Hammel/CATHOLIC SUN)

The Knights of Columbus, long associated with swords, capes and chapeaus, will be going through a significant uniform change.

The traditional regalia worn by the Knights’ Fourth Degree members will be replaced, announced Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson during the Knights of Columbus 135th Supreme Convention being held in St. Louis Aug. 1. The address was available via livestream on EWTN.

Throughout the years, the regalia of the Fourth Degree, known as the patriotic degree, has gone through changes, Anderson said. When the Fourth Degree was first established, the uniform included white ties, top hats and tails.

The new uniform of the Fourth Degree includes a blue blazer with the emblem as a patch and on the buttons, a white shirt, a Fourth Degree tie, dark gray slacks and a beret with the emblem. (Courtesy Photo)

In place of a tuxedo with a black bow tie, members will be wearing a blue blazer, an official Knights of Columbus tie and a beret, all with the Fourth Degree emblem on them, along with a white shirt and dark gray slacks. There was no mention as to whether the swords would remain a part of the uniform.

“The Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a modernization of the Fourth Degree Uniform,” Anderson said. “On a limited basis, Assemblies may choose to continue using the traditional cape and chapeau for Color Corps at public…

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