Fourth Degree Knights

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.

Orange County, CA Chapter
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Chapter Meetings:

Meeting Location

Chapter Meetings start at 7:30 pm

on the Fourth Thursday

Who Are the Knights? 

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits. 

How to Join

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. 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.  Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fourth Degree

The Color Corps is an ELECTIVE division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, confirmations and other Catholic functions is a visible reminder of our service to the community.  The tuxedo, chapeau, cape and sword worn by the Color Corps were inspired by 19th century naval uniforms, with different cape colors representing nine different program ranks.  The ceremonial sword symbolizes Christian Knighthood, and is carried to signify reverence to Church, Eucharist, country and freedom.  Color Corps members wear the colors with pride, knowing they represent the very best of the Knights of Columbus.
Fourth Degree District Website:
Assembly 85 El Camino Real Fourth Degree Website
Assembly 2305 Santiago de Compostela  Fourth Degree Website
  Assembly 2375 St Jude  Website
Assembly 62 Mission San Juan Capistrano
Assembly3479 Christ Cathedral


Exemplification Information


Irvine Exemplifications at Marriott
 Saturday October 5,  2013
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Marriott Hotel, Irvine California  

18000 Von Karman Avenue

Irvine California 92612

Candidate Information

Must be a Third Degree member in good standing.  Have an approved Form 4 along with $70.00 application fee submitted to the Master of the District by 10-01-10 to be considered for the Exemplification of the Fourth Degree. Clergy (Priests and Brothers) application fees shall be $35.00. All fees must be submitted by Assembly check made payable to: Master, Fourth Degree and mailed: contact your assembly for address.

Dress Code

         The official Dress Code for Exemplification of the Fourth Degree shall be;

         (a) Black bow tie, plain white tuxedo shirt, black cummerbund, black footwear, and black  tuxedo. NO wingtip collars will be allowed.

         (b) A member serving in the armed forces of his country, full time police and firefighters  shall be considered in proper attire when dressed in a Class A dress uniform.




El Camino Real Assembly 85 Color Corps

Fourth Degree Knights