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Week of September 13, 2004
Reyes appointed master of fourth degree
By BILL GLEN
WCR Staff Writer
Julito Reyes, a retired school teacher with Leduc County and former state deputy of the Knights of Columbus, has been appointed to one of the order's highest positions in Alberta.
As of Sept. 1, Reyes was appointed master of the fourth degree for the Alberta-NWT district.
"The main motto of the fourth degree is to serve the Church, country and the Knights of Columbus," Reyes said.
The fourth degree is the highest and most prestigious degree in the Knights of Columbus. Its primary purpose is to foster patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship, love and loyalty to one's country. Fourth degree assemblies participate in parades and usually provide honour guards for the pope on his visits to countries where the Knights exist. They also sponsor programs that promote respect, knowledge and protection for the national flag.
Reyes was grand knight in 1988-89, receiving the grand knight of the year award in 1989. He joined the fourth degree in 1988 and was to become and proudly serve as state deputy of the Alberta-NWT state council from 1999-2001.
His recent two-year appointment as master of the fourth degree of the Alberta district came as a great honour to Reyes.
"To be a knight means a lot of things to me," he said. "It is getting close to the Church and being involved with Catholic families. It means to serve the community. It is humbling to be a member."
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