KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Hierarchy



At Knights of Columbus functions, dignitaries in attendance are addressed and introduced in strict order of rank from highest to lowest. The first words of any speech are usually some variation of "Reverend Father, Worthy State Deputy, ... Brother Knights, Lovely Ladies, and Beautiful Children," according to who are actually present. This is known as "The Litany" and is usually presented in its complete form only once by the toastmaster or master of ceremonies, with other speakers abbreviating it to varying extents to save time and repetition.

Order of Precedence


Parade Formation

When walking in a parade formation (either two or four abreast) the higher ranking person always precedes a lower ranking person. Usually ladies walk alongside their men. When Past State Deputies or past Grand Knights are in parade formation, the Immediate Past Officer takes precedence. The others follow in order of seniority with the most senior one being first.

Procession Formation

When walking in a procession formation (always two abreast) the lowest ranking person always precedes a higher ranking person, with the highest ranking person being last in line. When Past State Deputies or past Grand Knights are in procession formation, the one with the least seniority precedes the others in line, with the one exception that the Immediate Past State Deputy or Immediate Past Grand Knight will be the last in the line of Past State Deputies or Past Grand Knights, with the most senior one preceding him.


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