The emblem of the order dates from the second Supreme Council meeting on May 12, 1883, when it was designed by James T. Mullen, who was then Supreme Knight.

       A quick glance at the emblem indicates a shield mounted on a Formée Cross. The shield is that associated with a medieval Knight. The Formée Cross is the representation of a traditionally artistic design of the Cross of Christ through which all graces of redemption were procured for mankind. This then represents the Catholic spirit of the Order.

      Mounted on the shield are three objects: a fasces standing vertically, and, crossed behind it, an anchor and a dagger or short sword. The fasces from Roman days is symbolic of authority which must exist in any tightly-bonded and efficiently operating organization. The anchor is the mariner’s symbol for Columbus, patron of the Order, while the short sword or dagger was the weapon of the Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy. Thus, the shield expresses Catholic Knighthood in organized merciful action, and with the letters, K. of C., it proclaims this specific form of activity.

Red, White and Blue

      Red is the symbol of Faith, of belief in Christ, in the Redemption and in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. White is the color of the Eucharistic Host, pledge of God’s Eucharistic presence among men, in the infinite love God has for man and the overwhelming affection which the God-man has for each individual. White is then the symbol of Christ-like Charity. Blue is the color of Our Lady’s mantle, in which she wrapped her beloved Son, through Whom came salvation to a sinful world. Blue is then the symbol of Hope.


        The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the Dove, the Cross, and the Globe. The Dove - classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and Peace - is shown hovering over the orb of the earth (Globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader's Cross - that which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading Knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the Pagans.

         Our Honored Order Cherishes as its patron Christopher Columbus.

        Christopher - Christ Bearer
       Columbus - Dove of Peace, symbolizing the Paraclete.

        Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the Union of the Three Devine Persons in one Godhead - the most Blessed Trinity.

        The Globe - God the Father, Creator of the Universe
       The Cross - God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind
       The Dove - God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity

         The colors of the symbols are:

         A blue Globe with the lands of the Western Hemisphere in white.
        A red Cross with gold borders, and gold knobs at the end of the points forming the ends of the arms of the Cross (also known as the Isabella Cross).
        A white dove.

         Red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which our Order originated; and are used to stress the basic principle of the Fourth Degree . . . . . .PATRIOTISM.