The Knights of Peter Claver organization was founded in 1909 in Mobile, Alabama. The Order is named after St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest from Spain who ministered to African slaves in Cartegena, Colombia, South America, in the 17th century. St. Peter Claver is said to have converted over 300,000 slaves to Catholicism. The Knights of Peter Claver is the largest African American Catholic lay organization in the United States. The organization was founded by the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart – Josephites, a Catholic order whose mission is to serve African Americans Catholics.To visit KOFPC website, click here.
The Knights of Peter Claver organizational structure is open to all members of the family, with branches that include the Ladies Auxiliary, Junior Knights and Junior Daughters, 4th Degree Knights/4th Degree Ladies of Grace.
The Council meets monthly at St. Joseph Catholic Church and has various turn-out events during masses, where the Knights dawn their traditional attire.
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