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  Since the establishment of the Patriotic Degree in 1900, the Color Corps have provided honor guards for religious and civic functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. They are distinguishable by their official regalia of tuxedos, capes, chapeaux, and swords.

The Color Corps Commander for Bishop Manogue Assembly is SK Dale Edwards.  All members of Bishop Manogue interested in serving with the Color Corps can contact SK Dale through our e-mail

To the left is pictured the Fourth Degree Emblem. Bearers of this emblem are committed to conduct themselves honorably as Christian gentlemen in their private and public lives, as well as acting patriotically for the good of their nations. Likewise, the Fourth Degree sword represents the bearer's reverence for the Eucharist and the Pope, bishops and hierarchy of the Church, and displays publicly his willingness to protect his Church and Priests.



Considered under a religious aspect, we have the honor and privilege of wearing on our swords and our lapels the sacred symbol of the Most Blessed Trinity. This should always remind us to live a good Christian life, and that we should never bring dishonor on the emblem we have been privileged to wear. By this, others may see our good works, through which we will glorify our Holy Religion, our Honored Order and our Beloved Country.


  The Color Corps of the Knights of Columbus are the uniformed members of the Fourth Degree. They are the ones that are most noticeable at church and public functions, parades, etc.

The Color Corps consist of two parts;

  • Honor Guard
  • Color Guard

Honor Guardsmen are those members who have mastered the Manual of the Sword.  All others are Color Guard.

The Corps basically follows a Naval theme with ranks and insignia. Note that the chapeaux, which are never called hats, are similar to the old naval uniforms.


  Cape colors are an indication of rank.
  • Vice Supreme Masters wear blue capes and chapeaux.
  • Masters wear gold capes and chapeaux.
  • District Marshals (District level Color Corps Commanders) wear green capes and chapeaux.
  • Faithful navigators (whether a member of the corps or not) wear white capes and chapeaux.
  • Commanders wear purple capes and chapeaux.
  • Other Color Corps Members wear red capes and chapeaux.

  Within the local assemblies, the Master more or less sets the rules. In the Assembly, the highest ranking Color Corps member is called Commander; some areas call him by other ranks such as Commodore. Former Vice Supreme Masters, Former District Marshalls, and Past Faithful Navigators are all permitted to wear their respective capes and chapeaux when they finish their term of office.    

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For questions about the Fourth Degree, please contact the Bishop Patrick Manogue Assembly.
5961 Newman Court • Sacramento, CA 95819-2609

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