The Knights of Peter Claver is the nation’s largest historically Black Catholic lay organization. The Order was founded on Nov. 7, 1909, in Mobile, Ala. The order is named after St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest from Spain who ministered to African slaves in Cartagena, Colombia, South America in the 1600s. Peter Claver is said to have converted more than 300,000 slaves to Catholicism.

The Knights of Peter Claver is a faith-based fraternal order with units in more than 300 Catholic parishes in the United States and South America. The order engages in a variety of church and community service projects and supports charitable appeals of many national and international organizations including the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund. With the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops the organization recently completed its National Environmental Health and Justice Literacy Project, a program designed to educate citizens of poor communities about environmental health hazards. The Knights of Peter Claver is a member of the worldwide International Alliance of Catholic Knights.

National Office Address
1825 Orleans Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 821-4225/4226
Fax: (504) 821-4253

Executive Director
Michael J. Taylor

Diocesan Contact
Athanase J. Jones, Jr.
National (Supreme) Secretary
P.O. Box 54575
Jacksonville, FL 32246
(904) 742-1758