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Welcome to the Knights of Peter Claver

Congratulations to Sir Knight Avery Daniel
James P. Lyke Assembly #43
Saints Peter and Paul Council #313


  • Less than 1% of all priests in this country are African-American.
  • Sir Knight Daniel is the only African-American seminarian from Atlanta to be sent to study for 5 years at the seminary in Vatican City. With the support of Cardinal Gregory, Avery earned a Master’s Degree Magna cum Laude in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy  and had begun his doctoral studies prior to the commencement of this pandemic.
  • He will be the first seminarian from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic  Church to be ordained a Transitional Deacon.
  • He joined the Claver Family in 2007 as a Junior Knight!

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Congratulations to Leonard Fournette and Tyrann Mathieu, two star athletes who matriculated through Saint Augustine High School (New Orleans), a school founded by our own Order's Founders, the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart "The Josephites"!

One of these two will be a Super Bowl Champion as they face each other on the field at this year's preeminent football contest. This is the second year in a row that the school has representation on both sides of the ball!

The only historically Black Catholic high school for young men, Saint Augustine has churned out thousands of successful African-American men since its founding in 1951.  Learn more about St. Augustine: www.staugnola.com
Congratulations and good luck to both of you!


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