Today in Catholic History – Catholic Knights of America hold first meeting

On 23 April 1877, the Catholic Knights of America held its first meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The Knights were formed as a fraternal-life insurance company and to offer the benefits of a fraternal organization to Catholics.

The objective of the organization was to, “promote friendship, unity, and true Christian charity among its members; friendship in assisting each other by every honorable means; unity, in associating together for mutual support of one another when sick or in distress, and in making suitable provision for widows, orphans and dependents of deceased members; true Christian charity, in doing unto each other as we would have others do unto us.”

Originally the organization was to be named the Order of the United Catholics, but was later changed based upon a suggestion of Bishop P. A. Feehan of Nashville. Feehan also served as the Knights first spiritual director. Later branches of the Catholic Knights of America were formed in West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Eventually, the Knights had branches in every state.

In 2005, the Catholic Knights of America merged with a different organization, the Catholic Knights of Milwaukee.

Website of the Catholic Knights



  1. Gene Garner
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have a old Catolic knights of America medal.

    Do you know anyone who can tell me about it.



    • sbeshonertor
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately I don’t, I’ll see if any of my listeners might have more information.

  2. Carol Coakwell
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    In my great grandfather’s obit, it states that he was a member of the Catholic Knights of America. His death was in 1919 in Columbus, Ohio. I am interested to see if there are archives of members going back that far and if so, if it would contain any information as to the names of his parents, etc. I know he was born in Waterford, Ireland.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    • sbeshonertor
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, I don’t know much more about the Catholic Knights than what I posted.

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