The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. is the largest historically African-American Catholic lay organization in the United States.
Its roots in the church are deep. In 1909, four Josephite priests and three lay Catholic men started the organization in Mobile, Ala, and now are located in 34 states with international units. In 1926, under the leadership of the KPC National Council, we answered the call to organize and establish the Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary. And so, it was over 85 years ago that the National Council recognized local courts to form the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary.
Our Junior Daughter 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 Lady, along with Junior District or National Presidents and Officers. Interested youth must have made their First Holy Communion.
In 2016, The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary celebrated its 30th anniversary in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
Goals and Objectives of the Order
- To be a supporter to the local parishes and to the Bishop of the diocese
- To participate collectively in various parish and community activities
- To promote civic improvements and social justice
- To encourage Lay Apostolic and Catholic action
- To make contributions to worthwhile causes
- To award scholarships and support education
- To foster recreational assemblies and facilities
- To develop youth in a positive, nurturing environment
- To provide social and intellectual fellowship for its members