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:
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.
Q: 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.
Q: 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 Master
Gold — District Master
Green — District Marshals
White — Faithful Navigators
Purple — Color Corp Commanders
Q: Where can I buy the new uniform?
A: The uniform and uniform replacements can be purchase on the
Knights of Columbus Uniform website located at:
They are located at:
Knights of Columbus Uniforms
230 Supply Room Road
Oxford, Al 36203
Phone: (833) 562-4327
Fax: (256) 835-7699
Q: Is the Order making money on the new uniform?
A: No, the uniform is being sold at (or sometimes below) cost.
Q: Can the old regalia still be worn?
A: No. As of July 1, 2019, only the new uniform should be worn.
Q: 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.
Q: Who made this decision?
A: The board of directors made this decision earlier
after a three-year period of testing and discussion.
In addition, the change was previously discussed with the
vice supreme masters at the Supreme Assembly.
Q: Did members have input on this?
A: For years, supreme officers and directors have received comments from members and prospective members that the old regalia was a barrier either to membership in general or to membership in the Fourth Degree.
The procedure and Manual of the Sword shall be in accordance with the "Color Corps Drill Manual." In the absence of such directive the District Master has full control provided, however, that he first receives approval of such procedure from the Supreme Master.