Duties of Officers of a 4th Degree Assembly
The Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus specifically set
the duties of Assembly Officers. This guide is to help new Sir Knights and interested parties be
The Faithful Navigator is the chief executive officer of the assembly and acts as the Presiding
Officer, with all the powers and duties incident to such office.
He appoints committees, countersigns orders and checks. He annually appoints or reappoints the
Assembly Color Corps Commander. In his absence, or inability to perform such duties of office,
the Faithful Captain shall perform such duties and exercise such powers.
The Faithful Friar is the Spiritual Advisor of the Assembly. He is expected to make a report at
Assembly Meetings on religious matters. The Faithful Navigator, Faithful Captain, Faithful
Admiral, and Faithful Pilot appoint a Priest annually in accordance with such rules established
by the Bishop of the Diocese to serve the Assembly.
The Faithful Captain shall, in the absence of the Faithful Navigator, perform the duties and
exercise the powers of that office. He shall also, to assure a good attendance at meetings and
other functions, have charge of social and other activities under the Good of the Order.
The Faithful Pilot shall have charge of all properties of the Assembly excepts monies, accounts
and record books of the officers, but including ceremonials; shall be responsible for arrangement
of the Assembly Chamber and shall direct and be responsible for the activities of the Sentinels.
The Faithful Comptroller (Fin Sec) shall keep a roll and the records of the members with the date
of their initiation in the Fourth Degree. Collect and receive all monies due the Assembly and all
funds obtained from any source and transfer the same to the Faithful Purser, and obtain a receipt
from him. He shall keep accounts of the charges (dues) and receipts of each member; he shall
issue to each member not indebted to the Assembly for dues, a Fourth Degree Membership Card,
duly signed and attested as above, which shall entitle a member admittance to any meeting of the
Fourth Degree within the period specified on said card and upon further compliance with the rule
requiring that the member produce a current Third Degree membership card. He shall upon
request by a member transferring to another assembly, issue a transfer card, signed by the
Faithful Navigator and attested by the Faithful Comptroller. He shall keep such necessary
Official Records and forms as furnished by the Supreme Secretary. Notify the District Master of
the names of all candidates awaiting initiation. Is the custodian of the Seal of the Assembly and
affixes same to all proper papers.
The Faithful Scribe shall keep a record of the minutes of all regular and special meetings in a
bound book furnished for that purpose by the Assembly.
The Faithful Purser (Treasurer) is the custodian of all funds obtained from any source. Makes
deposits and keeps records. Pays all orders drawn on him by the Faithful Comptroller and
Faithful Navigator. Makes records available to the Board of Trustees as required.
FAITHFUL INNER & OUTER SENTINELS
The Faithful Inner and Outer Sentinels shall be responsible to see that all in attendance at
meetings are in possession of appropriate valid Third and Fourth Degree membership cards and
shall perform such other duties as directed by the Faithful Pilot.
The Faithful Admiral (usually the Immediate Past Faithful Navigator) is appointed annually;
shall preside in case of the absence of both the Faithful Navigator and Faithful Pilot, and may
have such powers and performs such other duties as herein prescribed. In the absence of the
Faithful Friar, performs his duties at assembly meetings.
The Trustees (normally three) are elected initially for 1, 2 & 3 years, thereafter three years.
Together with the Faithful Navigator they are the Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible
for auditing the record books of the Faithful Comptroller and Faithful Purser annually (June 30).
The Trustees shall before each meeting carefully examine all bills and present same to the
Assembly with their recommendation; the approval of at least two members of the Board of
Trustees shall be required for the payment of any bills or statements