LOCAL KNIGHT SHINES — Rob Countryman, deputy grand knight for Rome Council of the Knights of Columbus #391, receives exemplification into the 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus during a ceremony in Glens Falls recently. (Photo submitted)

Local man receives 4th degree from Knights of Columbus

Published Nov 26, 2017 at 9:00am

Rob Countryman, of Rome, received the fourth degree from the Knights of Columbus during a recent ceremony in Glens Falls.

The honor was bestowed on Countryman, the deputy grand knight for Rome Council of the Knights of Columbus #391, for his ongoing service and patriotism, according to the Knights of Columbus.

Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue, the fourth being “Patriotism,” according to the Knights of Columbus website. The 4th Degree, often known as ‘The Patriotic Degree,’ was established in February 1900.

To be eligible for joining the 4th Degree, a Knight must have been a third degree member in good standing for at least one year, be an exemplary Catholic, and be of sound citizenship of his country, the organization said.

The ceremony for the 4th Degree is typically formal, replete with tuxedos, capes, chapeaux and swords — but more than a regal affair, promotion to the 4th Degree, shows the character and community service goals of the candidate, such as:

  • To promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the community;
  • To help education and reinforce the teachings of the church and the history of the nation;
  • To promote — by example — the highest type of citizenship; and
  • To support by word and action, local, state and national government, and to recognize excellence in public life.

It is common, the Knights of Columbus website added, to find 4th Degree Knights participating visibly in church and community events and commemorating the sacrifices of previous generations in Veterans Day and Memorial Day observances.