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Welcome to the Knights of Peter Claver

The Knights of Peter Claver, Incorporated, the largest and oldest continually existent predominantly African-American Catholic fraternal organization was founded more than 100 years ago. It was formed to provide opportunities for Catholic Action to men of color to be actively involved in their faith by living the Gospel message. The Knights of Peter Claver membership now includes the entire family and offers opportunities to engage in a variety of church and community service projects and support various charitable appeals.

Bishop Olivier was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1923. Bishop Olivier was the fifth of eight children. He attended Sacred Heart of Jesus grade school in town, St. Augustine Seminary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and St. Mary's Seminary in Techny, Illinois and was ordained a Divine Word Missionary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1951. From 1952 to 1973, he was successively Assistant Dean and Dean of Seminarians, and rector of the Religious Community. From 1974 to 1982, he was Secretary of Studies for all USA Divine Word Seminaries and Rector of the Religious Community of Divine Word Seminary, Epworth, Iowa Read More
Bishop Neil Tiedemann of the Catholic Diocese of Mandeville on the island of Jamaica is blessing crucifixes that were to be placed upon the walls of the classrooms, assembly rooms and offices at the recently opened Mt. St. Joseph Catholic High School. This project was sponsored in part by a donation made by the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. to “The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Jamaica Project”. Sr. Jane Nesmith, SBS is the Chaplain of Mt. St. Joseph Catholic High School, Mandeville Diocese, Jamaica, WI Read More
Msgr. Edward Branch, center, the chaplain for Lyke House, stands with Father Desmond Drummer, left, and Father Christopher Rhodes, a parochial vicar at St. Patrick Church in Louisville, Ky., and a Catholic chaplain for the Kentucky Army National Guard. Father Drummer currently serves as the parochial vicar at St. Peter Chanel Church in Roswell. Drummer and Rhodes were actively involved at Lyke House during their time as students in the Atlanta University Center. Read More