Knights’ New Uniforms Draw Mixed Reactions

During his address at the 135th annual Supreme Convention of the Knights in St. Louis, MO, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced a complete revision of the uniform of the Fourth Degree Knights. “The Board of Directors,” Anderson told the gathered Knights, “has decided that the time is right for a modernization of the Fourth Degree Uniform.”

The new uniform consists of a blue blazer, an official Knights of Columbus tie, and a beret, all with the Fourth Degree emblem clearly displayed. The uniform also includes white shirt and dark gray slacks. “On a limited basis,” Anderson commented, “assemblies may choose to continue using the traditional cape and chapeau for Color Corps at public events and Honor Guards in liturgical processions. However, the preferred dress for the Fourth Degree, including Color Corps and Honor Guards, is the new uniform of jacket and beret.” As for the ceremonial sword, Andrew Walther, Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning for the Knights of Columbus, stresses, “This uniform is not intended to eliminate the use of the ceremonial sword. In fact, ceremonial swords will continue to be part of the Fourth Degree.” More details, he added, will be forthcoming from the Supreme Master.

Anderson continued, “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.”

The overall uniform of the Fourth Degree was adopted in 1900 but has undergone various changes over the years. Meanwhile, on Twitter, a small campaign – #KeepOurRegalia – has already begun to petition for keeping the old uniform.