Knights of Columbus
Father Michael P. Dowling Assembly #594
Father Michael P. Dowling.
(1851-1915) Our namesake.
Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.
As Fourth Degree members we dress in the recognizable regalia which includes sword and colorful capes and chapeux(hat).
Any Fourth Degree member, in good standing, of any Assembly is qualified to and may participate in any honor guard function. Honor Guard activities are not closed functions and participation is not limited to only those members of any one Assembly
Participants are always requested and encouraged to join in with functions from other Assemblies or Councils as a means of support and fraternalism. Remember, full Fourth Degree dress and regalia are required to participate.
Father Michael P. Dowling assembly meets at Christ the King Church in the Knights of Columbus Hall at Omaha, Nebraska, 654 So 86 St. On the third Thursday of every month, at 7:00P.M. Every other month there is a Mass at 6:00P.M. followed by a social and pot luck diner, except
for December when there is a Christmas party.
Our Faithful Navigator is Tim Klein.
The Omaha Assembly was founded somewhere around the same time as Council 652, in 1902. When the
Fourth Degree was only two years old, the councils and assemblies were part of the Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota
district. Our oldest record is a clipping from the Columbiad Supreme magazine of a Fourth Degree exemplification to be held in Omaha on May 8, 1908.
Up until 1950 we were known as the "Omaha Assembly" #652. On April 1, 1950 we became the "Father Michael P. Dowling Assembly, #594.
Watch this column for more history news as it becomes available and link to the history news clippings for more information. Fourth Degree Historical News.
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