International Alliance of Catholic Knights

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International Alliance of Catholic Knights
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MottoUbi Caritas Et Amor
(Latin: "Where there is charity and love [there is God]").
Formation12 October 1979 (1979-10-12)
FounderLeaders of six fraternal societies, convened on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Knights of Saint Columba
Founded at Glasgow, Scotland

The International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK) is a non-governmental organization made up of fifteen Roman Catholic fraternal societies from 27 countries on six continents. The IACK was founded in Glasgow on 12 October 1979 at a meeting of the leaders of six fraternal societies, convened on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Knights of Saint Columba. [1] The organization is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. [1]


The IACK is currently an associate member of the Conference of International Catholic Organizations. The CICO is made up of 36 member organizations, four associated organizations and four invited organizations. These international organizations of more than 150 million lay people, through their respective national branches, are present in more than 150 countries.

Member Organizations

OrderFoundedJoined IACK [2] Region(s)
Knights of Saint Columba 19191979 Great Britain
Knights of Columbus 18821979 United States, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, South Korea
Knights of Saint Columbanus 19151979 Ireland
Knights of the Southern Cross 19191979 Australia
Knights of the Southern Cross (New Zealand) 19221979 New Zealand
Knights of Da Gama 1980 [3] South Africa
Knights of Marshall 19261983 [4] Ghana, Liberia, Benin, and Togo
Knights of Saint Mulumba 19531986 Nigeria
Knights of Peter Claver 19091987 United States, Colombia
Knights of Saint Virgil 1992 Austria
Fraternal Order of Saints Peter and Paul 1992 The Gambia
Knights of Saint Gabriel 1997 United Nations
Knights of Saint Thomas the Apostle 1998 Pakistan
The Order of Our Lady Queen of Peace 2000 Mauritius
Knights of Saint Thomas More [5] 20012001 Belgium

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Mission statement

During the constitutional meeting, it was resolved that these Fraternal Orders would found an International Alliance for the purpose of working together for the mutual advantage of the individual Member Orders and the extension of Catholic Knighthood throughout the world. Furthermore, the IACK holds its members to:

The IACK was approved as a Catholic international organization by the Holy See in 1981. By a Decree dated 14 April 1992 the International Alliance of Catholic Knights was given official recognition by the Vatican as an International Catholic Association of the Faithful, in accordance with Canons 298-311 and 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law.


It was agreed that the Supreme Knight or National President of each Member Order would form an International Council which would meet annually (now biennially) and be responsible for the organization and development of the new Alliance and would provide a forum in which the leaders of the Orders could discuss matters of common concern. The Leaders present at this historic gathering are recognized as the Founders of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights:

YearLocationInternational Council President
1979Glasgow ScotlandTony Rouse
1980East London South AfricaAlan Diesel
1981Wellington New ZealandPatrick Keogh
1982Hartford United StatesVirgil C. Dechant
1983Dublin IrelandVincent Gallagher
1984Melbourne AustraliaRobert Ward
1985Glasgow ScotlandWalter Downey
1986Sekondi GhanaGeorge Habib
1987New Haven United StatesVirgil C. Dechant
1988Berg An Daal South AfricaRaymond Allam
1989Dublin Ireland and the VaticanHugh McLaughlin
1990Auckland New ZealandKinney Curran
1991Rome ItalyDr. George Akabogu
1993New Orleans United StatesPaul Condoll
1995Morecambe EnglandW. Roe
1997Sekondi GhanaOwusu Prempeh
1998The VaticanDr. Edmund Kwaw
1999New Haven United StatesDr. Edmund Kwaw
2001Melbourne AustraliaEamonn Fleming
2003St Martin bei Lofer Salzbergerland AustriaGeoffrey Renner

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  4. Knights and Ladies of Marshall
  5. Knights of Saint Thomas More, url accessed 24 July 2009