Bishop Massillon Fourth Degree

Faithful Navigator's Report

Our assembly welcomed in 5 new members at our spring exemplification in Boardman on May 5th. Our new Sir Knights are Walt Peters, Ed Hill, Mike Mullins, Hunter Vogley, and Jim Thieret. Congrats to them and we look forward toseeing you at our meetings.

Now is the time to recruit new 4th degree members for the upcoming exemplification in the fall. We had 6 Sir Knights in full regalia march for the parade along with our squire’s circle. It was a nice day for a parade. Hopefully in the future we can get more to march with us. It was an honor for me to lay a wreath for all deceased K of C veterans at Veterans Park.

We held our elections for the new year at the last meeting. I would like to congratulate all the officers for being elected to their positions. We are still in need of a scribe to take down the minutes during each meeting. If you are able to do this, please let me know.

Installation of officers will be held at St. Joe's Massillon on Sunday July 29th. New officers and their ladies are invited to come to the 11am Mass prior to the installation. The installation will then proceed immediately after Mass. After the installation we will head to AA Executive Catering on Lincoln Way for Lunch. It will be a pay for your own meal arrangement. Adults are $16.99, Seniors $15.99, and Children 4-10 are $9.99.

Our next Ladies Night will be the 4th degree picnic on August 7th. We will be having typical picnic food. Hamburgers and hot dogs, etc. The 4th degree officers will be in charge of the picnic.

The 2018 provincial meeting will be held in Sterling Heights, Michigan this year on October 12th-14th. It is a very nice weekend. If you have never been to one, I recommend attending at least once. There are training seminars for all officer positions and programs for the ladies as well. For more information, visit


"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 300,000 Fourth Degree Knights out of the total 1.7 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 for at least one year 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 their distinctive attire of tuxedo, feathered hat (chapeau), cape and sword. These members regularly take part in civic events such as parades and wreath-laying ceremonies, and at ecclesial functions at Catholic churches. The various colored capes and chapeau feathers denote different officer positions within the Fourth Degree."
    (from the Knights of Columbus website)

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, 1930, 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 annual Northern District Ohio's 4th Degree Exemplification weekend activities
  • March in the Massillon Memorial Day Parade and Louisville's "Constitional Day" Parade

  • Calendar of Events

    (Unless otherwise noted, all activities occur after regularly scheduled assembly meeting on the first Tuesday of the month.)

       August      Assembly Picnic
       October      "Friar's Night"
       December      Annual "Tom & Jerry" Christmas Party
         Annual Christmas Ball (First Saturday in December)
       April      Wine Tasting Party
       June      Past Faithful Navigator Recognition