Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

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.[1]

Since its founding in 1882, there have been 13 Supreme Knights.[2] Carl A. Anderson is the current Supreme Knight, a position he has held since 2000.


Supreme Knight[3]Term beganTerm endedDeputy Supreme Knight[3]DSK TermSupreme Chaplain[3]SC Term
1James T. MullenJames T. Mullen.jpgFebruary 2, 1882May 17, 1886John T. Kerrigan[4]1882 to 1884Rev. Patrick P. Lawlor1882 to 1884
John F. Dowling[5]1884 to 1886Rev. Michael J. McGivney[5]1884 to 1890
2John J. Phelan[6]John J. Phelan.jpgMay 17, 1886March 2, 1897William Hassett[6]1886 to 1887
James C. Roach1887 to 1895
Rev. Hugh Treanor1891 to 1899
James E. Hayes1895 to 1897
3James E. HayesJames E. Hayes.jpgMarch 2, 1897February 8, 1898John J. Cone[7]1897 to 1898
4John J. ConeJohn J. Cone.jpgMarch 2, 1898March 31, 1899Vacant
5Edward L. HearnEdward L. Hearn.jpgApril 1, 1899August 31, 1909John W. Hogan[8][9]April 1, 1899 to June 3, 1903Rev. Garrett J. Barry1899 to 1901
Rev. Patrick J. McGivney[10][11]1901 to 1928
Patrick L. McArdle[9][12]June 3, 1903[9] to 1905
James A. Flaherty[13]1905 to 1909
6James A. Flaherty[11][14]James A. Flaherty.jpgSeptember 1, 1909August 31, 1927Martin H. Carmody[11]1909 to 1927
7Martin H. Carmody[11][15]September 1, 1927August 31, 1939John F. Martin[11][16]1927 to 1933
Rev. John J. McGivney[11][16]1928 to 1939
Francis P. Matthews[15]1933 to 1939
8Francis P. Matthews[16]Francis P. Matthews.jpgSeptember 2, 1939October 14, 1945John E. Swift1939 to 1945Rev. Leo M. Finn[16][17]1939 to 1960
9John E. Swift[18][19]October 24, 1945August 31, 1953Timothy P. Galvin1945 to 1949
William J. Mulligan[19][20]1949 to 1960
10Luke E. HartKennedyHart.jpgSeptember 1, 1953February 19, 1964
John W. McDevitt[20][21]1960 to 1964Bishop Charles P. Greco[22][17]1961 to January 20, 1987
11John W. McDevittFebruary 22, 1964January 21, 1977John H. Griffin, MD[21][23]1964 to 1966
Charles J. Ducey[24][25]1966 to April 1976
Ernest J. Wolff[25]1976 to 1977
12Virgil C. DechantJanuary 21, 1977September 30, 2000Frederick H. Pelletier[25][26]1977 to 1981
John M. Murphy1981 to 1984
Ellis D. Flinn[27]1984 to February 1, 1997
Bishop Thomas V. Daily[28]February 13, 1987 to April 1, 2005
Robert F. Wade[29]April 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000
13Carl A. AndersonCarl A. Anderson.jpgOctober 1, 2000PresentJean B. Migneault[30]October 1, 2000 to October 27, 2006
Archbishop William E. Lori[31]April 2, 2005 to Present
Dennis A. Savoie[32][33]October 27, 2006 to December 2013
Logan T. Ludwig[34]December 12, 2013 to December 16, 2016
Patrick E. Kelly[34]January 1, 2017 to present


References

  1. ^ "Annual Report of the Supreme Knight" (pdf). Knights of Columbus. August 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  2. ^ "History of the Knights - Supreme Knights". Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  3. ^ a b c Knights of Columbus archives (December 3, 2018). "Knights of Columbus Supreme Officers". Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Kauffman 1982, p. 18.
  5. ^ a b Kauffman 1982, pp. 40-41.
  6. ^ a b Kauffman 1982, p. 61.
  7. ^ Kauffman 1982, p. 103.
  8. ^ Kauffman 1982, p. 131.
  9. ^ a b c "National Council, K of C., Increases Issue. Next Convention Will Be Held in Louisville". The Boston Globe. June 4, 1903. p. 3. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  10. ^ "The Life and Legacy of Father Michael J. McGivney" (PDF). Knights of Columbus. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Kauffman 1982, p. 287.
  12. ^ Dodge 1903, p. 9; Kauffman 1982, p. 114.
  13. ^ "History of the Uniontown Council No. 1275". Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "First Michigan Man to be Elected Supreme Knight". The Augustinian. XXXV (87). Kalamzaoo, Michigan. August 20, 1927. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "K. of C. Pledge support for NRA". The Bulletin. XIV (16). Augusta, Ga. August 26, 1933. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  16. ^ a b c d Kauffman 1982, p. 338.
  17. ^ a b Kauffman 1982, p. 394.
  18. ^ Kauffman 1982, p. 357.
  19. ^ a b "Swift Appoints Mulligan Deputy Supreme Knight". The Boston Globe. May 21, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "K. of C Re-elect* Hart Supreme Knight". The Berkshire Eagle. Pittsfield, Massachusetts. October 22, 1960. p. 5. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  21. ^ a b "HON. JOHN H. GRIFFIN, M.D., K.S.G., K.H.S." (PDF). Knights of Columbus Maryland State Council. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "Bishop Charles P. Greco" (pdf). Louisiana Ladies Auxiliary Association. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  23. ^ Jordan, Robert (March 1, 1964). "New Chief of Knights Led Waltham Schools". The Boston Globe. p. 54. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  24. ^ "McDevitt is reelected as KC head". New Orleans Clarion Herald. October 27, 1966. p. 2. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  25. ^ a b c Kauffman 1982, p. 417.
  26. ^ "Local Delegates at K of C Convention". Hanover Evening Sun. May 21, 1979. p. 14. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  27. ^ "ORDER MOURNS THE PASSING OF FORMER DEPUTY SUPREME KNIGHT". Knights of Columbus. April 11, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  28. ^ "KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MOURNS THE PASSING OF SUPREME CHAPLAIN EMERITUS". Knights of Columbus. May 15, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  29. ^ "Annual Report of Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant". Chuck Hauger. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  30. ^ Anderson, Carl A. (September 11, 2008). "SUPREME KNIGHT'S EULOGY FOR JEAN MIGNEAULT". Knights of Columbus. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  31. ^ "ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM E. LORI, S.T.D. SUPREME CHAPLAIN OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS". Knights of Columbus. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  32. ^ Gosgnach, Tony (August 30, 2007). "Q and A with: Dennis Savoie". The Interim. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  33. ^ Gyapong, Deborah (February 27, 2015). "Ambassador settles in to new role in Rome". The B.C. Catholic. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  34. ^ a b "Patrick E. Kelly". Knights of Columbus. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
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