The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (more simply referred to as the Supreme Knight) is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. He leads more than 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 councils and oversees over $77 billion of life insurance in force, as of 2013 [update] .
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The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the explorer Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to working-class and immigrant Catholics in the United States, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, including war and disaster relief, actively defending Catholicism in various nations, and promoting Catholic education. The Knights also support the Catholic Church's positions on public policy issues, including various political causes, and are participants in the new evangelization. The current Supreme Knight is Carl A. Anderson.
Since its founding in 1882, there have been 13 Supreme Knights.Carl A. Anderson is the current Supreme Knight, a position he has held since 2000.
Carl Albert Anderson is the thirteenth and current Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Anderson is vice president of the Washington session of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
|Supreme Knight||Term began||Term ended||Deputy Supreme Knight||DSK Term||Supreme Chaplain||SC Term|
|1||James T. Mullen||February 2, 1882||May 17, 1886||John T. Kerrigan||1882 to 1884||Rev. Patrick P. Lawlor||1882 to 1884|
|John F. Dowling||1884 to 1886||Rev. Michael J. McGivney||1884 to 1890|
|2||John J. Phelan||May 17, 1886||March 2, 1897||William Hassett||1886 to 1887|
|James C. Roach||1887 to 1895|
|Rev. Hugh Treanor||1891 to 1899|
|James E. Hayes||1895 to 1897|
|3||James E. Hayes||March 2, 1897||February 8, 1898||John J. Cone||1897 to 1898|
|4||John J. Cone||March 2, 1898||March 31, 1899||Vacant|
|5||Edward L. Hearn||April 1, 1899||August 31, 1909||John W. Hogan||April 1, 1899 to June 3, 1903||Rev. Garrett J. Barry||1899 to 1901|
|Rev. Patrick J. McGivney||1901 to 1928|
|Patrick L. McArdle||June 3, 1903 to 1905|
|James A. Flaherty||1905 to 1909|
|6||James A. Flaherty||September 1, 1909||August 31, 1927||Martin H. Carmody||1909 to 1927|
|7||Martin H. Carmody||September 1, 1927||August 31, 1939||John F. Martin||1927 to 1933|
|Rev. John J. McGivney||1928 to 1939|
|Francis P. Matthews||1933 to 1939|
|8||Francis P. Matthews||September 2, 1939||October 14, 1945||John E. Swift||1939 to 1945||Rev. Leo M. Finn||1939 to 1960|
|9||John E. Swift||October 24, 1945||August 31, 1953||Timothy P. Galvin||1945 to 1949|
|William J. Mulligan||1949 to 1960|
|10||Luke E. Hart||September 1, 1953||February 19, 1964|
|John W. McDevitt||1960 to 1964||Bishop Charles P. Greco||1961 to January 20, 1987|
|11||John W. McDevitt||February 22, 1964||January 21, 1977||John H. Griffin, MD||1964 to 1966|
|Charles J. Ducey||1966 to April 1976|
|Ernest J. Wolff||1976 to 1977|
|12||Virgil C. Dechant||January 21, 1977||September 30, 2000||Frederick H. Pelletier||1977 to 1981|
|John M. Murphy||1981 to 1984|
|Ellis D. Flinn||1984 to February 1, 1997|
|Bishop Thomas V. Daily||February 13, 1987 to April 1, 2005|
|Robert F. Wade||April 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000|
|13||Carl A. Anderson||October 1, 2000||Present||Jean B. Migneault||October 1, 2000 to October 27, 2006|
|Archbishop William E. Lori||April 2, 2005 to Present|
|Dennis A. Savoie||October 27, 2006 to December 2013|
|Logan T. Ludwig||December 12, 2013 to December 16, 2016|
|Patrick E. Kelly||January 1, 2017 to present|
The President's Organization for Unemployment Relief was a government organization created on August 19, 1931 by United States President Herbert Hoover. Its commission was to help U.S. citizens who lost their jobs due to the Great Depression. Its purpose was to coordinate local welfare agencies, without spending government money. The program ended on June 30, 1932. Its ending was because the government was not willing to help the agencies through the aid of money and this therefore led to them becoming simply overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem of the Great Depression.
Luke E. Hart was the tenth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from September 1, 1953 to February 19, 1964.
John E. Swift was an American judge and the ninth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from October 24, 1945 to August 31, 1953.
Martin Henry Carmody was the seventh Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from September 1, 1927 to August 31, 1939.
Count Edward Leo Hearn was the fifth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from April 1, 1899 to August 31, 1909.
James E. Hayes was an American politician and the third Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from March 2, 1897 to February 8, 1898.
James Terrance Mullen was the first Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from February 2, 1882 to May 17, 1886. He also served in the New Haven, Connecticut police and Fire Departments, and as an alderman. With his service in the Union Army and in several fraternal orders, he has been described as "veteran of fraternity."
Charles Pasquale Greco was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana from 1946 to 1973. He was also the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus from 1961 to 1987.
The history of the Knights of Columbus and The Catholic University of America is one of "a close and supportive relationship" that dates back almost to the founding of the university. David M. O'Connell, then-president of CUA, has said, "It is difficult to speak about the progress of The Catholic University of America throughout its long history without, at the same time and in the same breath, mentioning the Knights of Columbus. So much of what CUA is today is the result of the generosity and support of the Knights of Columbus." The fourth rector of the University, Monsignor Thomas J. Shahan, congratulated the Order for having founded a "Knights of Columbus College" after a particularly large donation saved the University after a rocky financial period.
John F. Martin was the Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from 1927 to 1933. He was first elected to the Board of Directors at the Supreme Convention in 1912 at Colorado Springs.
Timothy Galvin was a lawyer and Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
William Hassett was the Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was from Wallingford, Connecticut. Previously he had served as Supreme Lecturer.
Charles J. Ducey was Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
The history of the Knights of Columbus begins with its founding in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney at St. Mary's Parish in New Haven, Connecticut. Originally intended to be a mutual benefit society, it has since grown into a Catholic anti-defamation league, a leading philanthropic society, and the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization.
Political activity of the Knights of Columbus concerns any involvement of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, to try to influence public and government policy. While the Knights of Columbus support political awareness and activity, United States councils are prohibited by tax laws from engaging in candidate endorsement and partisan political activity due to their non-profit status.
The charitable activities of the Knights of Columbus include the money and time donated by the Order of the Knights of Columbus, state and local councils, and individual members, to charitable causes.
Monsignor Charles Alphonsus "Zip" Finn was a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. At the time of his death, he was the oldest priest in the United States, the oldest alumnus of Boston College, and the North American College, and the oldest Knight of Columbus.
Joseph C. Pelletier was district attorney of Suffolk County, Massachusetts and the Supreme Advocate of the Knights of Columbus.
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