Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity

The Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity is can be taken in person or virtually. The morning session starts at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 9539 Racquet Ct. Elk Grove, CA 95758. If attending in person you want to arrive by 10:00 a.m. Collared shirt and slacks. There is No Fee. Grand Knights should verify with candidates whether they will stay for the Fourth Degree Exemplification and direct them to the Assembly nearest their home. More. . .

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Online Exemplifications for Charity, Unity & Fraternity

The Supreme Council continues to host online exemplification ceremonies while social distancing rules are in effect. I ask that you promote them heavily within your councils and jurisdictions.

We streamlined the procedures to make it as easy as possible for candidates to participate and for councils to process them. We are offering six online ceremonies over the next two weeks to accommodate a variety of schedules and time zones.

A candidate or observer can choose a ceremony that best fits his schedule. If a first choice is closed out due to capacity limitations, he should pick another time slot that still has openings.

The procedure to follow is very simple.

Grand knights or financial secretaries invite eligible candidates for admission and advancement to participate by forwarding this downloadable PDF invitation to them.

Provide each candidate with your council number and instruct them to register for the exemplification of their choice by clicking on the associated link within the PDF. Tell them that their families are welcome, and encouraged, to observe. For your benefit, the ceremony schedule is as follows:


WEBINAR: Online Exemplification Training

Knights of Columbus Webinar
Fraternal Operations During Coronavirus
Training for Online Exemplification
Wed. April, 8, 2020
8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Dear Brother Knight,

During this crisis, many good men are seeking to join the Knights and serve bravely with us in battling the coronavirus. I am excited to announce that we developed a new process that allows them to join while still observing the stay at home orders imposed by state and local governments. We call this our Online Exemplification.

We will host the first online exemplification on Thursday, April 16, at 8 PM EDT. Start lining up candidates now and coordinate the votes of your members to approve these candidates for admission. Next week, grand knights and financial secretaries will receive emails from me that they must forward to approved candidates. These emails will invite the candidates to participate in the online exemplification and they will contain a link to the registration form that every candidate must complete. Once registered, the candidates must log into the exemplification on April 16 and view it to the end. Upon completing the online exemplification, candidates can be processed as third-degree knights in your council. Existing first- and second-degree knights may also register to complete their journey to knighthood in the third degree.

We will offer detailed training on the online exemplification processes in a webinar on Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00 pm EDT . This will not be the exemplification itself. It is a training session for council leaders on how the exemplification will be done and how to manage your candidates. We will leave plenty of time for live questions and answers so that everyone will be comfortable with the plan for the ceremony on April 16.

Our goal is to bring in at least 1,000 new 3rd Degree Knights! I challenge you to make us exceed this goal by a huge margin. You can do it!

Please click below to register for this important training webinar.


Please take our brief survey to help us prepare for the Online Exemplification.


Thank you and God bless you in these difficult times.

Vivat Jesus,  Tom McCaffrey
Vice President
Fraternal Excellence

Combined Degrees in Spanish March 21st Cancelled

Update: This event has been rescheduled for June 13th at the same location.

The District Deputies of Districts 10, 11 and 12 (Mike Amparan, Dan Aguiar and myself) are pleased to inform you that we are up-scaling the planned 2nd and 3rd Spanish degrees on March 21st to the new Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity, in Spanish. The ceremony is at: St Rose Parish, 5961 Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento, 95824.

We will start the Exemplification at 11am as planned (with registration starting at 10am) and should conclude by noon.

Combined Degrees April 17th

A Combined Third Degree is being held before the 4th degree on April 18th with the following information:

Where: Father Wells Hall at Good Shepherd Church 9539 Racquet Ct Elk Grove, CA 95758
Candidates and sponsors need to report by 6:30 PM
Questions, please contact: Tim Fukuda, Senior District Marshal 6701 Rawley Way Elk Grove, CA 95757
Mobile: (916) 539-4811
Home: (916) 627-1191

Here are additional dates for Admission Degrees for District 2:

Council 1137 - St. John the Baptist 416 Chestnut St., Chico, CA Mar. 12, & Jun. 11
Council 7773 - St. Thomas More 767 Elliott Rd., Paradise, CA May 13
Council 13765 - Our Divine Savior (ODS) 566 E Lassen Ave, Chico, CA Apr. 14


Click here to pray the Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic.

Other Admission Degrees

Admission Degrees for District 16

March 13, 2020 Council 13271

Admission Degrees in July & Moving Forward

The State Council's goal this coming Columbian Year is "An Admission Degree in Every Council Every Month." I am writing to offer encouragement and pointers for this important new State Membership initiative. For assistance and coordination in that regard, the Chapter and State need to hear from you, as indicated below. All of this will require some change in thinking and attitudes.

Easier to Implement Than Might Appear While this is a significant change--even a cultural one, a beneficially offsetting factor is that every approved form of conducting an Admission Degree is permitted even, if necessary, reading from a script. I leave to your responsibility all the procedural and reporting aspects related to the Degrees themselves.

Reporting If you do not already have such a matrix you should prepare a listing for each Council in your District showing:

  1. whether they have an Admission Degree Team
  2. if so, whether they already schedule monthly Admission Degrees
  3. and
  4. to what extent they rely upon Admission Degrees conducted by nearby Councils for their newly recruited Candidates.
To this information you should note whatever plans you have for setting up a First Degree Team at any Council that does not already have one of its own. Please be prepared to provide this information to the Chapter and State by July 15. Then, Admission Degrees should be held on a continuing date each month: remember, if there are no Candidates, the Team can use that opportunity to practice.

Starting a Team In the latter connection, it is rather easy for a District Deputy to succumb to inertia and the status quo: "If no one has established a First Degree Team at this Council, it seems like a lot of trouble for me to set one up, now." However, from my experience I suggest to you that that is not the case, particularly now when the State and Supreme Councils appear to be requiring much less formality than they have in the past.

Just ask for a volunteer at your next opportunity, whether by phone or email each Council's Grand Knight as soon as possible (or at visits with the Councils if you will do so soon enough, to gather First Degree Team Members. You will find that initiating a Team and seeing their proficiency grow until they qualify for your Certification to be one of the most satisfying experiences you will have as a District Deputy.

Don Harmata

Vice-President Elect
District Deputy Mentor
Northern California Chapter
Knights of Columbus

Formation & Knighthood Degrees

Dress Code for Admission/Formation & Knighthood Degrees

Business casual (collared sport shirt and slacks minimum). No Blue jeans, shorts or tee shirts will be allowed to participate as this is truly special occasion and we should all set a good example and show the dignity that the Knights of Columbus and these special ceremony deserve. The dress code will be strictly enforced.

All council officers bringing in candidates are to bring Candidate's Kits for each one, their constitutional roll, and the membership card that will be presented. All our Admissions exemplifications will start promptly at 6:00 pm on the scheduled dates. Please come at 5:30 or so to give us time to process all the candidates. Late arrivals will not be admitted if it will delay our 6:00 pm opening of the exemplification.

All attendees are invited to join us in reciting the Rosary after the exemplification ceremony. We will then take a short 5-minute break to setup for our regular council meeting and again all are invited to attend. We will provide pizza, beverages, and all are invited to join in and socialize with us so that we have a chance to meet and talk with all of you and especially the new members after our meeting.

Please RSVP the Grand Knight for the specific council or District Deputy: Dave MulQueeney (530) 864-7089) no later than 3 days before the scheduled date. Questions and feedback are always welcomed.