The Knights of Peter Claver will return to Mobile, the city of its founding to host the 99th Annual National Convention of the Catholic Fraternal Order which is the nation’s only African-American Catholic fraternal order and the largest historically black Catholic organization in the world. The Order was founded on November 7, 1909 in Mobile, Alabama for Catholic men of color.
The event is scheduled July 25-30, 2014 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. The annual meeting will bring Catholic family members from around the country to Mobile.
In addition to business sessions, several activities, including community service projects, are planned. The Founders Gala to benefit education will pay tribute to the organization’s founders and past leaders.
The Gala, Saturday evening, July 26, 2014 at the convention center and will feature former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman as the keynote speaker.
Event organizers anticipate more than 1500 attendees.
The opening Mass will be celebrated at the convention center on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, D.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mobile, is the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass which will be televised live on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The Gala and Mass are open to public.
The Order is named after St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest from Spain who ministered to African slaves in Cartagena, Colombia during the 1600s. The Knights of Peter Claver operates in 72 Catholic Dioceses in the United States and South America. The organization is headquartered in New Orleans.