District Master

Jack Murray

Worthy Sir Knights and Brothers All,

Congratulations to all the newly elected Assembly Faithful Navigators and Faithful Officers for the Fraternal Year 2017-18. You have been elected by your Brother Sir Knights to be the CEO’s and leaders of your Assembly. Now is the time to start implementing your budget, plans and calendar of events. We are here to help at any time, please call.

Some very important tools in your tool kit as Faithful Navigator must be the 4th Degree Rules and Regulations as well as a Protocol Handbook. All FN’s should have a copy of each and read them carefully. You do not have to memorize them, however a working knowledge of the Rules and Regulations will come in very handy. Your Faithful Comptroller can order them both from Supreme.

Now that all Elections are over, FN’s and FC’s should insure that State Directory Form is updated with any changes and Form 186 has been completed and forwarded as per the directions on the form. Your help is needed to insure that we have 100% reporting from all Assemblies.

Assembly Installations are in full swing and keeping the District Marshal Paul and I busy. However, that is what we are here for. If you have not as yet requested an installation date, I have attached my personal calendar to this newsletter to show the reservations already received.

Just as with the 3rd Degree, there is a Chain of Command that we must follow.  If you have any questions, you can contact any of the District Officers, Assistant District Marshal’s and me. You can also call me direct and I will get the answer for you. Please do not call the 4th Degree Supreme Office with questions that we can help you with. Also a lot of information is on the State Website relative to the 4th Degree, Forms, requests, etc.

With the changeover in Assemblies, there will also be new Color Corps Commanders. Please insure that they receive a copy of the 4th Degree “Color Corps Drill Manual” and then review it. I believe the last update was accomplished and approved by the Supreme Board of Directors, October 2008.

At a recent State Training Session, many Brother Knights were amazed to hear that the average age of the 4th Degree in NC is circa 66 years. We need to lower that age by asking and bringing into the Patriotic Order, new Brothers. Just like at Council Membership Drives, you must ask a Brother Knight to take the next step to become a 4th Degree Knight. We are making it easier to attend a 4th Degree Exemplification with the one day Exemplifications being sponsored across the State.

The next 4th Degree Exemplification will be held in Asheville at St. Eugene Catholic Church on Saturday August 26, 2017. St. Lawrence Assembly No.781 will be the host Assembly. All the pertinent information and required forms can be found on the State Website on the 4th Degree Exemplification page. I can tell you that one Assembly in the area already has 26 candidates – a fantastic effort in support of our Order and the 4th Degree! There will also be a ladies program offered during the Exemplification.

Senator Albert J. Ellis Assembly No. 1541, Jacksonville has agreed to host a 4th Degree Exemplification on Saturday November 18, 2017 at Infant of Prague Catholic Church in Jacksonville. More information to follow.

The Annual Eucharistic Congress for the Charlotte Diocese will be held on Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Brother Sir Knight’s, we need your help! There is a Procession through downtown Charlotte to the Convention Center, Adoration all day requiring an Honor Guard and Mass requiring 4th Degree Knights to escort Priest’s to their assigned location in the Convention Center to deliver Communion to the Faithful. Brother Sir Knight’s in Charlotte have been a part of this Congress since its inception. We are inviting Brother Sir Knights from the surrounding Assemblies, not necessarily just from the Charlotte Diocese, to assist in this great service and honor to our Church. Information will be posted on the 4th Degree website: www.kofcnc.org as to times and starting location, etc. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation to make this a truly memorable event for all that attend.

Drivers are still needed for transportation of Disabled Veterans to and from Doctor and Hospital appointments. This need is across the State, not just localized. Please contact SK Tom DuPree for further information. Even once a month would be a big help in support for our Veterans.

In History – U.S. Army Air Corps est. 1926; World War 1 began;  Korean War ended 1953.

Jo and I wish for all continued good health and we keep in our thoughts and prayers those in special need and those who have gone to their eternal reward.

REMEMBER: “Sir Knight – Not just a Title!

God Bless You, God Bless Our Church and God Bless America


SK Jack Murray, PSD
District Master


Tom DuPree

Greetings Brother Sir Knights, Worthy Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator,

Vivat Jesus!

Congratulations to the newly elected Council and Assembly Officers.  As you prepare and plan your programs for the year 2017-18, I would respectfully request that you consider supporting our Veterans.  As in the past news articles I have suggested six major programs in the State of North Carolina that deserve your participation:

  • Coats for Veterans: There are many Veterans who will not have an adequate winter coats for this coming Autumn/Winter.  The Knights purchase new coats that will be distributed by the Chief of Voluntary Services at each VA Medical Center.
  • Sweat Pants and Sweat Shirts: Each VA Medical Center distribute between 900-1200 sweat pants and shirts each year.  This is NOT provided by the Veterans Administration.
  • National Wheel Chair Games: Each year these games are held around the country providing our disable Veterans the opportunity to participate in events such as…basketball, baseball, bowling, shot put, discus, hand-cycle etc..
  • Wounded Warrior Program (M.O.P.H.) : This program allows Veterans to go home for the Christmas Holidays.  This program has seen a drastic reduction in the numbers being sent home.
  • Supporting USO of North Carolina: There are eight facilities in NC and they are non-profit organization providing many services to our Veterans, both active and retired plus supporting their families.
  • Gift Cards: These come from grocery stores, restaurants, sporting events, theaters and plays, Walmart, Target etc…These cards are used to provide socialization to the Veterans who live in the Community Living Center, Hospice Unit and homeless Veterans re-habitation.

In addition to these programs, there are many items that are needed on a daily basis for the VA Medical Centers, Health Care Centers and the USO.

We have 17,200+ Knights in North Carolina comprising 130+Councils and 45 Assemblies.  In order to assist our Veterans I am requesting that each Council and Assembly and our Brother Knights individually, prayerfully consider making a monetary cash donations to support these programs.  To assist you in this request, I have set up a special checking account for VAVS programs.  100% of your contributions goes directly to our Veterans.  You can use the following link:


Or checks:  mail to the attention of:

SK Jerry Cucurullo, FC
6208 Heacham Court
Raleigh, NC  27614

Make Checks payable:  St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552

Memo:  Put your Council/Assembly #, Program you want your $$ to support.

Thank you for all of your support of our Veterans—“Serving Those Who Serve”  


SK Thomas W. (Tom) DuPree Jr. PGK, PFN, VAVS Representative Durham VA North Carolina District VAVS Representative VA,
N C State Council Veterans Affairs and VAVS Chairman
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly # 3552 Faithful Navigator