Members of the St. Sebastian Council of the Knights of Columbus will have a unique opportunity to advance themselves in Knighthood this fall with three nearby and almost back-to-back exemplifications. Second, Third, and Fourth Degrees – which exemplify the KofC’s founding principles of unity, fraternity and patriotism – are all planned at St. Sebastian and St. Hilary during the month of October.
First degree Knights who want to progress in their journey to full Knighthood can obtain their Second Degree at a St. Hilary Council 14551 ceremony on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, at 8:00pm. The holiday is symbolically important for the Knights. Fr. Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, selected Christopher Columbus as the order’s patron as a symbol that allegiance to one’s country need not conflict with allegiance to one’s faith.
The following Sunday, October 14, at 1:00pm, a Third Degree exemplification will be offered in the St. Hilary Spiritual Center. The Third Degree confers full Knighthood and is required for all Knights wishing to become officers in their home councils.
St. Sebastian Parish and Msgr. O’Keefe Assembly 818 will then host the fall Fourth Degree exemplification Saturday, October 28. It represents a rare opportunity for Knights to advance to the highest degree of the order, the “patriotic” degree associated with ceremony and regalia. The event is expected to attract Knights and candidates from throughout Ohio and Michigan.
Candidates are asked to assemble at 9:00am in St. Sebastian’s Byrider Hall, where the degree will be conferred. Byrider Hall is located on South Hawkins Ave., across from the main church campus. A noon luncheon and 4:30pm mass will follow.
Knights wishing to make their Fourth Degree are eligible six months following their First Degree. A separate application, which should be submitted to the council financial secretary, is required and should be submitted no later than October 10.