4th Degree
Monthly Meetings
4th Degree
1st Tues - 6:30pm
Who We Are

"On February 22, 1900, the first Fourth Degree exemplification or degree ceremony was held in New York City. The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship. Today there are some 350,000 Fourth Degree Knights out of the total 1.9 million member Knights of Columbus.

Local units, called assemblies, draw their members from Knights of Columbus councils. The qualifications for membership in the Fourth Degree are: membership in the Knights and being a Third Degree Knight.

A Fourth Degree Knight may become part of the assembly's color corps. These members are recognized widely by the revised uniform consisting of blue blazer, gray slacks, beret with emblem, and sword. These members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, as honor guards at funerals and at ecclesial functions at Catholic churches.

Bishop Massillon Fourth Degree General Assembly was named for Bishop Jean Baptiste Massillon, who served as chaplain in the Court of King Louis XIV of France. The Bishop Massillon Assembly was formed on January 1, 1929, and encompasses members from the Massillon, Navarre, Canal Fulton and Canton areas. Prior to this the members belonged to the Canton Assembly. The Fourth Degree is the "Patriotic Arm" of the Knights of Columbus whose main function is to promote and participate in patriotic endeavors on the national, state and community levels.

Bishop Massillon Assembly meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Massillon Knights of Columbus hall.

Activities and Programs

Numerous social affairs, as listed in Calendar of Events below Periodic Corporate Communions at our local churches. Members assist Council 554 members w/ weekly "Hot Lunch" program Participate in bi-annual Northern District Ohio's 4th Degree Exemplification weekend activities April/October in the Massillon Memorial Day Parade

Calendar of Events

(Unless otherwise noted, all activities occur after regularly scheduled assembly meeting on the first Tuesday of the month.)
Ladies Night
Ladies Night
Gun Show food service
Flag Disposal Ceremony and (3) new 3'x5' Flag drawing
Massillon Memorial Day Parade
Ladies Night
Past Faithful Navigator Steak Dinner
4th of July
Flag dedication
Ladies Night
Assembly Picnic
Patriot Day 9/11 Mass at St. Joseph Massillon
Ladies Night
Gun Show food service
Veterans Day
Massillon SAM Center "Lodging Kit/Thanksgiving Program" supply drive
Ladies Night
Annual "Tom & Jerry" Christmas Party

Assembly Officers

Faithful Navigator

Roger Piper

Faithful Captain

Bob Pittinger

Faithful Purser

Ed Shuman

Faithful Friar

Fr. Raymond Paul

Faithful Admiral

Matt Meyer, PFN

Faithful Comptroller

Daniel Flanagan

Faithful Pilot

Bryan Stewart

Faithful Scribe

Graham Zeneri

Faithful Inner Sentinel

Charles Meyer

Faithful Outer Sentinel

Jim Coughlin, PFN

Faithful 1-Year Trustee

Charles Maier

Faithful 2-Year Trustee

Joseph Vilhosky

Faithful 3-Year Trustee

Paul Haig, PFN


Jim Sieber, PFN
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