Ceremonials Chairman: Ray Hynson
Ceremonial Chairman Message
The latest rendition of the Knights of Columbus ceremony for exemplification, now referred to as the Combined Degree Ceremony, provides candidates, existing Knights, family and parishioners with notable benefits:
- It instructs and demonstrates to new candidates the traditional and time-honored beliefs of the Knights of Columbus
- It promotes existing 1st & 2nd degree Knights onto full knighthood, i.e., through the Third Degree
- It efficiently reinforces our values to all who view the ceremony in an open and transparent way
- It motivates Brother Knights to actively participate in their Council
- It forms a bond between our families and the Council
- It creates a visible example of our beliefs that non-Knights can actually witness and experience
- It has a set of messages that can strongly motivate Catholic men to join the Knights of Columbus
Until recently, the online Supreme Combined Degree Ceremony was the recommended way to attend this ceremonial because of social distancing requirements.
Now that this requirement has been virtually removed, it is strongly recommended that an in-person Exemplification (Combined Degree) Ceremony be held! This method promotes the benefits of face-to-face interaction between the Council and participants to realize the full range of the messages, opportunities, and benefits of becoming a Knight of Columbus in the Third Degree!