The Knights of Columbus, long associated with swords, capes and chapeaus, will be going through a significant uniform change.
The traditional regalia worn by fourth-degree Knights will be replaced, announced Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on 1st August during the international fraternal organisation’s 135th annual Supreme Convention in St Louis, which was livestreamed on EWTN.
Throughout the years, the regalia of the Knights’ fourth degree, known as the patriotic degree, has gone through changes, Anderson said, noting that when this degree was first established, the uniform included white ties, top hats and tails.
In place of a tuxedo with a black bow tie, members will be wearing a blue blazer, an official Knights of Columbus tie and a beret, all with the fourth-degree emblem on them, along with a white shirt and dark gray slacks. There was no mention if the swords would remain part of the uniform.
“The board of directors has decided that the time is right for a modernisation of the fourth-degree uniform,” Anderson said. “On a limited basis, assemblies may choose to continue using the traditional cape and chapeau for colour corps at public events and honor guards in liturgical processions. However, the preferred dress for the fourth degree, including colour corps and honour guards, is the new uniform of jacket and beret.”
Picture: Members of the Knights of Columbus are seen in their new uniforms on 1st August during the international fraternal organisation’s 135th annual Supreme Convention in St Louis. The new uniform is replacing the traditional regalia worn by fourth-degree Knights, announced Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on 1st August during the convention. (CNS photo/Knights of Columbus).