The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. was originally founded November 7, 1909 in Mobile, Alabama as an organization to allow men of color membership in a Catholic fraternal society. The organization was incorporated July 12, 1911 at Mobile, Alabama and has grown into the largest historically African-American Catholic lay organization in the United States. With strong support of the Church throughout the years, The Order is a member of the International Alliance Catholic Knights and now has over 700 subordinate units throughout the United States and a Unit in Colombia, South America. We continue our expansion efforts welcoming all Catholics to join.
Our purpose is to render service to God and His Holy Church, render aid and assistance to the sick and disabled, and promote social and intellectual association among our members. The Order is named for St. Peter Claver, the Spanish Priest who ministered to African slaves. The Order was founded in Mobile, Alabama and is presently headquartered in New Orleans. In 2006, a unit was established in San Andres, Columbia, South America--making the Order an international entity of the Catholic Church.
The Order consists of six Divisions: Knights of Peter Claver, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, Junior Knights, Junior Daughters, 4th Degree Knights and Ladies of Grace. It is governed by a Board of Directors and is under the leadership of the Supreme Knight and Supreme Lady, KPCLA. The Order is operated under the direction of the Executive Director and his staff. Divided into six Districts and States across the country, each district or state is represented by a Deputy and other conference officers. Districts, States, and other Divisions are represented on the Board of Directors.
The Junior Division welcomes Catholic youth between the ages of 7-18. They are organized using the same structure of the Senior Division. There is a Junior Supreme Knight, Junior Supreme Lady, along with Junior District or State Presidents and Officers. Interested youth must have made their First Holy Communion.
At Holy Name of Mary Parish, Council #134 of the Knights of Peter Claver sponsor many activities to build up the parish by offering financial and spiritual support to the parish. Contact Grand Knight Robert Matthews at 773.238.6800 to join the Knights or Junior Knights!!!