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TO: Vice Supreme Masters District Masters Faithful Navigators
From: Dennis J. Stoddard Supreme Master
RE: Uniform Policy
Date: June 5, 2019

Effective midnight June 30, 2019, the Order will officially retire the Fourth Degree Cape and Chapeau uniform. Continued use of said uniform is a direct violation of the Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree.

Members of the Fourth Degree are instructed to review Section 38 of the Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, as revised in 2017, which prescribes the official dress uniform of the Fourth Degree.

We expect that all members of the Color Corps, as Catholic gentlemen, will comply with this policy.
As Vice Supreme Masters, District Masters, Faithful Navigators and Color Corps Commanders, it is your responsibility to instruct and direct your districts, assemblies, and members that they are required to wear the new uniform if they wish to participate in the Color Corps. If any member refuses to comply, you should handle the situation respectfully but firmly.

Starting on July 1, 2019, any member of the Color Corps wearing a cape and chapeau to an official event will be denied participation and will be given a written notice that he is in violation of the policy. His Faithful Navigator shall be notified and advised to counsel his assembly members that only the new uniform is to be worn.

If a second violation occurs the member will be denied participation and will be ineligible to serve in the Color Corps for the remainder of the fraternal year. Notification of this action shall be sent to his Faithful Navigator and the Office of the Supreme Master, Subsequent violations may result in a summary suspension under section 162 (6) of the Laws of the Order (Insubordination).

Any District Master or Faithful Navigator who cannot or will not support this policy should contact the Office of the Supreme Master immediately.

Faithful Navigators shall remove from office any Color Corps Commander who refuses to comply with this directive.

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The NEW 4th Degree Uniform
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The Fourth Degree Uniform website is officially live and functional and ready to accept orders!

It can be found at and you to order your colored patch for your beret. The orders were delivered the week they ordered the uniform. This is a quick turnaround. Knights no longer have to wait six months for their orders.
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From: Supreme
Knights show off the new regalia
Supreme Master Dennis J. Stoddard and vice supreme masters wearing the new Fourth Degree uniform process during the opening Mass of the 135th Supreme Convention Aug. 1st. Right: A Fourth Degree Knight wears the new uniform with the interior of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., seen in the background.
At the opening Mass of the 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis, the Order’s vice supreme masters processed wearing the new uniform of the Fourth Degree: a blue blazer, blue tie and a black beret — all with the Fourth Degree emblem — worn with a white shirt and dark gray slacks.

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson officially announced the change in his annual report that afternoon.
Weeks earlier, the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors unanimously voted to adopt the new uniform for the Fourth Degree. The decision was made with the good of the entire Order in mind and was based on the following factors:

*our Fourth Degree’s aging membership;

 *the slow growth of the Fourth Degree (fewer than 20 percent of Knights are Fourth Degree members, and only a fraction of that number serve as honor guards);

*consistent reports that the old regalia presented a barrier to Fourth Degree membership.

Understandably, some members may prefer the old regalia, but the supreme master and vice supreme masters urge all Fourth Degree members to put the good and unity of the Order before personal preference.

Likewise, during the convention, the Good of the Order Committee stated: “We commend all of the faithful Sir Knights who have proudly worn the Fourth Degree regalia, bringing much respect to the Order. With the new Fourth Degree uniform, recently approved by the Board of Directors, this honor and respect associated with Sir Knights will remain, and it will open the door more widely for a new generation to join their ranks. In a spirit of unity, let us assist with a smooth transition to this new uniform and encourage it to be worn with great dignity and pride.”
Below are frequently asked questions that have arisen concerning this change.
Will the new uniform allow the use of ceremonial swords?
A: Yes. Ceremonial swords will continue to be part of the Fourth Degree. When swords are used, gloves should also be worn (see picture to the right).

How will rank be distinguished?
A: Colored patches will be worn on the beret behind the Fourth Degree emblem as follows:
Dark Blue — Supreme Master

Light Blue — Vice Supreme Masters

Gold — District Masters

Green — District Marshals

Purple — Color Corps Commanders
New 4th Degree Uniform

Those not holding office (who formerly wore red capes) will wear berets with no patch.

Where can I buy the new uniform?

A: The uniform can be purchased at or by calling 1-855-GEAR-KOC (855-432-7562).

Is the Order making money on the new uniform?

A: No, the uniform is being sold at (or sometimes below) cost.

What if a member just purchased the old regalia?

A: Any member who purchased the old regalia after May 1, 2017, can submit their receipt along with their member number to Information will then be sent to that member on how to receive a $200 credit toward the new uniform.

Can the old regalia (Legacy Regalia) still be worn?

A: Yes, for a time. While the preference is for the new uniform wherever possible, the old regalia can still be worn until the end of the current fraternal year June 30, 2018. (The deadline for using the new regalia is being extended by one year to June 30, 2019) After that date, only the new uniform should be worn.

Was the new uniform field tested prior to its release?

A: Yes. The new uniform was field tested by Fourth Degree members attending the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.



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