Wappingers Assembly #0770 is an active and respected group Catholic gentlemen who exemplify the virtue of patriotism. Wappingers Assembly #0770 was chartered on September 30, 1954. Presently, we have about one hundred Sir Knights, from eight councils. We hold business meetings once each month, at Msgr. Loughlin Memorial Hall (2660 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls NY 12590).
Third Degree Knights of Columbus may apply for membership in Wappingers Assembly, and advance to the Fourth Degree in an ceremony which is held annually at a nearby convention center, and is followed by an elegant and memorable banquet.
Some of the things we are known for:
- We have awarded scholarships to children attending Catholic high school.
- We have contributed graduation awards to St. Mary’s School, in Wappingers Falls.
- We have organized an annual barbeque picnic for the veterans at Castle Point Veterans Hospital
- We maintain a memorial walkway, which surrounds the Monument Dedicated to the Unborn, in St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Wappingers Falls, New York. In this walkway, we place bricks engraved with the names of our Assembly’s deceased Sir Knights, during a ceremony held on the second Sunday of June, following the 9:00 am mass.
- Our Color Corps participates in masses for our deceased members (which are sponsored by Wappingers Council #1646 and Wappingers Assembly #0770), at St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Falls, Church in Wappingers Falls, New York. The masses are traditionally the 9:00 am mass, on the second Sunday of each month.
- Our Color Corps Honor Guard has participated in the annual Pro-Life Sunday masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in the Installation Mass of Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in Pope Benedict’s Papal Visit Mass at the old Yankees Stadium, and stood guard over Mother Theresa’s relics at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
- Our Color Corps participates in civic functions in the Town of Wappingers, and throughout the Second New York District. We have participated in Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day ceremonies, and marched in parades (such as the Town of Wappingers Community Day Parade, and the Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Parade).
About the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, in General
The patriotic Degree of the Order, we are the most visible arm of the Knights of Columbus. Not only because our official dress is a black tuxedo with a red, white, and blue baldric, but because our Color Corps is often seen assisting at masses, and participating in local parades and patriotic ceremonies. “The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large”1 Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus are called “Sir Knights”.
Knights of Columbus Assemblies are associated with councils. Each Assembly elects officers from among its members. The highest elected Assembly officer is the Faithful Navigator. Other elected Assembly officers are Captain, Pilot, Comptroller, Purser, Admiral, three Trustees, and Inner and Outer Sentinels.
Assemblies are organized into District Assemblies, each of which is led by a District Master, who is appointed by the Supreme Master. Wappingers Assembly #0770 is in the Second New York District (along with the other assemblies in the Hudson Valley, and in the counties of Putnam, Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island). District Masters appoint District Marshalls to assist them. Wappingers Assembly is proud that one of our members, Sir Knight Edward Duffy PFN, has served as a District Marshall.
Assembly Districts are organized into Provinces, each of which is led by a Vice Supreme Master, who is also appointed by the Board of Directors. All of the assemblies in the United States are organized into provinces. We are in St. Issac Jogues Province, which comprises the assemblies in New York and New Jersey. Wappingers Assembly is honored that one of our members, Sir Knight Edward Castellazzi PSD, has served as Vice Supreme Master.
The Vice Supreme Masters of the fourteen provinces in the contiguous United States report to the Supreme Master. Additionally, the Supreme Master along with other Vice Supreme Masters lead provinces in Canada, Mexico, and other countries overseas.
About the Color Corps of the Fourth Degree
“Religiously Devoted. Patriotically Proud”
“Their colorful capes and chapeaux add dignity and the pride of Church and country …. By these public demonstrations their loyalties bring credit to themselves and to the Knights of Columbus.”1
Each Assembly may form a Color Corps, with the approval of the District Master. Each Color Corps is led by a Commander, who is appointed by the Faithful Navigator, and who is easily distinguishable by his rich purple cape and chapeau.
1 Color Corps Drill Manual, “Purpose of the Color Corps of the Fourth Degree”, page 9