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Fourth Degree Knights

On February 22, 1900, the first Fourth Degree exemplification or degree ceremony was held in New York City. The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship. Today there are some 300,000 Fourth Degree Knights out of the total 1.6 million member Knights of Columbus.

Local units, called assemblies, draw their members from Knights of Columbus councils. The qualifications for membership in the Fourth Degree are: membership in the Knights for at least one year and being a Third Degree Knight.

Save the Date - Veterans Appreciation Exemplification

The Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Nebraska and Iowa Veterans Appreciation Exemplification will be held on November 13, 2022 at 1:00pm located at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Omaha Nebraska. District Master Paul Lee from Iowa and District Master Mark Borytsky are leading this fourth annual exemplification. Special thanks to Phil Tamisiea, Mike Howick and  Assemblies 2540 and 3431 for hosting us for this exemplification.

Please send to your members this wonderful opportunity to become a 4th Degree Knight or if you are a 4th Degree Knight please join us celebrating this magnificent exemplification.

More information to follow.

Any question please contact District Master Borytsky.

A Message From Mark Borytsky (PSD) - Newly Appointed District Master of Nebraska

I am humbled by this honor and accepted this responsibility with unwavering dedication as we work together for the continued success of our District's Assemblies. As we move forward, I want you to know I respect your leadership, dedication, patience, and patriotism as you represent your Assembly’s values at its core.  Soon we will take time to communicate about your Assemblies positive approaches and areas needing support. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or call 402-212-9612 with any questions or just to get better acquainted. I’m looking forward to working with you in the future, let’s begin scheduling time to get together at your Assembly meetings, events, or coffee after Mass.

Your devotion to promoting Leadership and Patriotism in your Assembly have been nothing short of inspiring.

God Bless,

Mark Borytsky, IPSD
District Master

Leadership Training Seminar

July 16 and 17 - Kearney Nebraska

Worth Sir Knights,

Understanding how to be successful in your Assembly is an important part of being a leader.  Setting goals and planning are factors in success.  The Leadership Training Seminar (LTS) is a great opportunity to learn from other leaders of both Councils and Assemblies what successful programs are being done to encourage member participation and provide opportunities to invite new families to join our Order.

This year the LTS will be the weekend of July 16 and 17 in Kearney Nebraska at the Holiday Inn.  State Deputy Matt Richardson has once again invited 4th Degree members to attend this weekend of education and fellowship to learn about programs and share ideas.  The 4th Degree will meet on Saturday afternoon in an open forum to share ideas and ask questions.  

Faithful Navigators and Faithful Comptrollers received an email with the information on how to register for LTS meals and rooms if needed.  If you are interested in attending please contact your Assembly leaders for information.  

If you plan to attend, please bring your Uniform and plan to stand Honor Guard at the State Mass on Saturday afternoon where State Officers and District Deputies will be installed.  

I look forward to seeing you in July

Richard W. Lowery, PSD
District Master

Combined 4th Degree Exemplification to Honor Veterans Day

I am pleased to announce that once again this year Nebraska and Iowa will be co-hosting an Exemplification in honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 13. 

The Exemplification will be held in the Omaha metro area with location to be announced as soon as possible.  The schedule below is tentative and will be finalized as soon as possible.  

  • Mass – 11:00 a.m.
  • Parish Donut Social – 12 noon
  • Registration 12:30 to 1:30
  • Exemplification Ceremony – 1:30 to 3:30
  • Photo Opportunity & Social – 3:30 to 4:00
  • Banquet/Dinner – 4:00 to 6:00

The fee is $70 per candidate and includes the candidate meal.  Spouse and guest meal cost will be announced when available.


Richard W Lowery, PSD
District Master – Nebraska
State Membership Director
Nebraska Knights of Columbus

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