Knights of Columbus - colors

Chapeau/Cape Color


Description of Position

Dark Blue Plumes & Cape

Supreme Master & Former Supreme Masters

In charge of all 4th Degree Assemblies within the Knights of Columbus

Light Blue Plumes and Cape

Vice Supreme Master & Former Vice Supreme Masters

In charge of a Province.

Gold Plumes and Cape

District Master and Former District Masters

In charge of all the Assemblies within a portion of a Province.

Green Plumes and Cape


In charge of the Color Corps within a Diocese.

White Plumes and Cape

Faithful Navigator & Past Faithful Navigators

The leader of each Assembly.

Purple Plumes and Cape

Assembly Commander

Responsible for the Color Corps within each Assembly.

White Plumes and Red Cape

Faithful Member

This is the first position attained when joining the Color Corps.

Purpose of the Color Corps (as noted in KofC.org)

When knighthood was in flower, knights carried the sword to defend their God, their Church, their country and their fellow man according to the code of chivalry. Today, Sir Knights wear regalia and carry the sword to honor Christ and His apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions specified in this manual. Hence, 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.

The Color Corps members exemplify all the principles of our Order:

  • Charity - by the gift of their time and energies necessary to practice, perfect and perform the ceremonials and sword drill;
  • Unity by the united efforts of Sir Knights to practice and perfect a coordinated drill for the good of the Church and the Order;
  • Fraternity by expressing an Esprit de Corps, sharing a common desire for drill excellence and camaraderie; and
  • Patriotism by performing precision drill as a salute to God and to country and visually exhibiting a love for both.

The public appearance of Fourth Degree Knights as a Color Corps at religious and civic functions is an important activity of each assembly. Their colorful capes and chapeaux add dignity and the pride of Church and country to any event. By these public demonstrations their loyalties bring credit to themselves and to the Knights of Columbus.