Bishop Joseph A. Durick Fourth Degree Assembly 2399 has elected new officers for the 2009 - 2010 fraternal year. New officers are:
Faithful Navigator - Louis Muro Faithful Captain - Charles Blanchard Faithful Pilot - Greg Brasher Faithful Comptroller - Dale Blanchard Faithful Scribe - Gaeton Conte Faithful Purser - Phillip Whatley Faithful Inner Sentinel - Sammy Owen Faithful Outer Sentinel - Joe Dush Faithful Admiral - Curry Cooper Faithful Trustee 3rd Year - Fred Deason Faithful Trustee 2nd Year - Tom Richardson Faithful Trustee 1st Year - Dale Blanchard Faithful Friar - Father Vernon Huguley
The Fourth Degree Exemplification adds "Patriotism" to the three original principles of the Knights of Columbus: Charity, Unity and Fraternity. By joining the highest degree of the Knights of Columbus, members make a commitment to their Country and their Order.
On July 10, 1996, three Knights of Columbus Councils came together to form Bishop Joseph A. Durick Assembly 2399 at St. Patrick. The Councils were 10567 in Adamsville, 10354 in Gardendale and 8551 in Jasper. During the years since, our Assembly has been faithful servants at Honor Guards and special ceremonies at St. Patrick Church.
The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to uphold the Catholic faith. Through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called Assemblies), Knights promote responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries Third Degree members who have been a Knight for at least one year are eligible to join the Fourth Degree. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing.
Fourth Degree Knights wear regalia and participate in Honor Guards and special ceremonies. They serve at wakes and funerals as a way to pay great respect and honor to deceased brother Knights.