Worthy Sir Knights and Color Corps members,
The past few months have been a difficult time as we transition from one uniform standard to another. I am well aware that many of you, whether you have been color corps in the past or not, for personal reasons, have decided not to purchase the new uniform. I respect your reasons, and I encourage those who have not yet decided to make the purchase, to carefully consider your choice and continue your active participation in the Fourth Degree Color Corps.
For previous Color Corps members who have decided not to make the transition, I know that I can speak for our order that the Knights of Columbus, its members, and the countless men, women, children, churches, communities, and families will be forever grateful for your prayerful dedication and active participation as members of the Color Corps.
The opportunities to "step up and step out " as Fourth Degree Knights are unique to the Archdiocese of Washington District. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Matthew's Cathedral, The Saint John Paul ll Shrine, Columbus Day at Union Station, Red Mass, White Mass, ordinations are but a few, and the list goes on.
Our order was founded on service. We, as Knights of Columbus, especially as Fourth Degree, are charged with fulfilling the obligations we have taken. We are the most visible element of our order. Please do not allow the issues with the uniform transition to in any way disrupt continued conduct of the many patriotic programs already in place. I strongly encourage you to maintain and expand these events. I ask that every Fourth Degree member remain as active as possible in the many activities we sponsor, and seriously consider the Fourth Degree Color Corps as another opportunity to outwardly express our commitment to Patriotism.
My commitment is, as I hope it is also one you share, to remain the "Strong right arm of the Church"
Thank you for your service,
Please share this with your assembly membership.
Fraternally and Patriotically,
Once again I must remind you not to call the Supreme Master’s Office about the patch for your New Uniform Beret. The Supreme Master’s Office does not handle that (although the e-mail used for it, makes you think so!). In the past few weeks, that office has been receiving an extreme number of calls about how to get the patch, and asking questions about the uniform. You all use the chain of command well, so I do not believe that we are doing this.
To order the new uniform, please visit https://kofcuniform.com
Over the past two weeks the Archdiocese of Washington District Fourth Degree Color Corps has participated in a great number of events honoring our Church, our Country, and our Order. We had the privileged to assist with the sending home of two Sir Knights at Arlington National Cemetery; we participated in a Chalice Mass at the DC VA Medical Center, honoring those who have served our nation in uniform. We participated in the District of Columbia and the Maryland State Officers Installations, praying for the future success of the Order. We participated in the Episcopal Ordination of the Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington. And soon we will be honoring our Order and Church in Baltimore for the 136th Supreme Convention.
These Color Corps events and many others are all outstanding, and provide a definite feeling of self-fulfillment, as we operate as the visible arm of the Knights of Columbus and add dignity to every event in which we participate! I encourage each Sir Knight in the Archdiocese of Washington District, to consider joining the Color Corps and then join us in these outstanding events!
The new company did tell me that they are in the process of shipping out 4,000 uniforms, so many who have ordered should see them very soon. I have had a pre-order in since October 27, 2017, and I was told that I will soon be asked to pay for the uniform, which means they are getting close to manufacturing it!
Fraternally and Patriotically,
Micheal W. Thumm
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Master, Archdiocese of Washington District
Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus
Master of the Fourth Degree SK Michael Thumm has asked for intercessory prayers with Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno for former US Marine who is suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. The text of the prayer request is below:
A priest I went to confession to suggested I contact the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus as they would pray for my husband for the healing of his progressive incurable brain disease through the intercession of Father Vincent Capodanno. (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) My husband was a Marine, a grunt in the Vietnam war and was stationed at DaNang a year after the death of Father Vincent Capodanno. My husband was there when our government sprayed Viet Nam with herbicides. He was out in the Bush and they never changed their clothes and he came down with Jungle Rot and was hospitalized for three months. He also came down with a stomach ailment. Three years ago he came down with progressive supranuclear palsy. This is a rare, incurable and very progressive brain disease . There is nothing neurologists can do for him. There is no cure.
I joined the Fr. Vincent Capodanno Guild and we have been praying for my husband's healing through his intercession. I asked a family member if they would join us in praying for a healing and they told me God doesn't heal any more. He only did that in the bible. My heart just ached hearing this. Father told me look at Lourdes. There are still miracles. My husband and I would love to see Fr. Vincent Capodanno become the first Marine saint to help those marines who were,are and will be on the battlefield. I beg of you to keep my dear husband Larry in your prayers as well as the prayers of those who are members in the Knights of Columbus. Thank you and may God bless you, My husband says: "Semper Fi"
Let us pray, as Knights and as a united District for Larry and for the miraculous cure of his Palsy.
Almighty and merciful God, look with Love on those who plead for Your help. Through the intercession of your servant, Father Vincent Capodanno, missionary and Catholic Navy Chaplain, grant the favor I earnestly seek (mention the request). May Vincent, who died bringing consolation to the Marines he was privileged to serve on the field of battle, intercede in my need as I pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
10/31/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect further details from the Supreme Master about how the Social Baldric will be used.
10/26/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect an update from the Supreme Master that the Social Baldric will continue to be used.
This will be our District's first Exemplification under the new Dress Rules. At the Maryland District exemplification there were a mix of members and candidates in tuxedos and suits. Tuxedos, particularly for candidates, are no longer required but certainly can be worn. The social baldric will continue to be used at Fourth Degree Exemplifications. The social baldric can be worn at any social event under a tuxedo jacket or under a suit jacket. The social baldric should be worn over a necktie and under the jacket. The social baldric will not be worn with the new uniform. The PG-113, Emblem of the Fourth Degree, pin is now the only pin to be worn for any Fourth Degree event whether on the New Uniform, a tuxedo, or a suit. Those PG-745-US, commonly called the combined national flag pin, are now relegated to your weekday or weekend suit or sport coat.
Supreme has extended the deadline for the 25 percent discount on ordering the new uniform to Oct. 31, 2017. Remember, you can only get the New Uniform at the KnightsGear.org and the uniforms will arrive some weeks or months in the future. There are over 2,000 uniforms on back-order at this time. The New Uniform is only required for Color Corps events but we would like to see many more Color Corpsmen added to our ranks so please get yours ordered as soon as possible.
The Vice Supreme Master, in a memorandum about the new uniform, stated that, “Those members having the official member regalia (the new uniform) will be placed in front of those in current regalia…” Here’s how we did this at the Sea Service Pilgrimage earlier this month.
Whoever is leading the formation (Marshal(s) or CCCs/VCCCs will be in front regardless of new or old uniform. Right after them will be those in the new regalia or uniform, in order or colors as we do with capes. Then follow those in the Old Regalia in order as we’ve done in the past. I would make an exception here if the Host Master was in Old Regalia, and place him right behind the Marshals or CCCs.
The Laws & Rules Governing the Fourth Degree and the Color Corps Drill Manual are being updated and will be distributed when complete.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming exemplification!
Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,