District Master’s Message
Welcome to the Minnesota 4th degree page! It is an honor to be appointed and serve as the District Master of our state. I will be frequently updating the information on this page to reflect the constant activities and events that are taking place and/or coming up for the 4th degree in MN. I have posted my calendar for everyone to see to assist Assemblies in their planning. I will be updating it regularly. During this season of Advent and Christmas we are able to step back and reflect on the magnitude of the reality that God really became flesh to be with us, teach us, and save us from our sins. Also, it seems that everyone is generally in a better mood and joyful with anticipation at what is going to be such a special day. We get to spend really quality time with friends and family and get caught up on what’s going on in their lives and in our lives. This is a great opportunity to let people know about all the Knights of Columbus has to offer and in particular the 4th degree. No other organization has a component like the 4th degree with the special combination of honoring and serving our church and clergy and our also our beloved country. If you are a 3rd degree member talk to your Grand Knight or Financial Secretary to get the process started or feel free to drop me an email or a phone call and I’ll be happy to assist you. Also know that if you are not currently a member of the Knights or are a 1st degree member you can click on the degree schedule tab on the home page and see where the upcoming degree ceremonials will be taking place. Becoming a 4th degree knight has never been easier or cheaper. With standard dark business suit and $70.00 (Which includes the cost of a banquet ticket!) you can join our ranks! No longer are you required to purchase a tuxedo to become a Sir Knight. As Assemblies we need to start recruiting now, not waiting until the new year and it needs to happen at the council level. Go to your local council meetings. Take form 4s with you. Be ready to answer questions. As you go to holiday parties and events, bring up the 4th degree and all it has to offer. Have a form 4 with you or in the car. If we got only 1 new member from each of our councils, we would bring in a great class of new Sir Knights. That should be a very attainable goal for even the smallest councils. The 4th degree ceremonial is truly one of the most beautiful and moving experiences you will have in your life. Avail yourself of this opportunity. You will be a better person for it. Our next Exemplification will be Saturday May 4th at the Hyatt Regency in Bloomington. The hotel is 2 years old and will be a great venue. The Spring Exemplification is still our largest event and I look forward to a terrific weekend with our hosts, the Monsignor Meagher assembly. We have already been meeting and planning is well underway. Use the link at bottom of the page to access all the information on this upcoming major event. Vivat Jesus!
Fort St Charles Chapel Restoration
“As not only Master but also as a board member for Ft St Charles, it is with great pleasure that I am sharing these pics of our progress this fall on the chapel construction. The chapel is substantially complete with just some trim work, signage, etc left to complete. With Fr Fred Fink presiding, we were able to celebrate our first mass in the chapel. A very moving experience for those of us who have spent so much time and energy to get to this point. Rest assured to all of you who so generously donated to the “Logs of Legacy campaign” that your funds are being put to extremely good use and we will have succeeded in insuring that the Ft project continues to serve the state, community and the 4th degree of our order for many decades to come. Also, for anyone interested, mark your calendars to visit the Ft site and participate in our chapel dedication on Saturday September 14th, 2019. We will be giving tours of the island as well as holding a dedication mass with honor guard celebrated by Bishop Hoeppner presiding as well as several priests concelebrating. There will be a reception on site to follow. More details on times, lodging if needed, etc. will be posted in the future.” Lastly, you can view a history of Ft. St. Charles on their website by clicking here.