Knights of Peter Claver conference set April 24-26 _lowres

Norman Francis

The 71st Louisiana State Conference of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary will be held April 24-26 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Among the conference highlights are the group’s awards banquet, where Xavier University President Norman Francis will speak, and its Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast, where Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson will be the featured speaker.

Nearly 700 delegates, officers and visitors from councils and courts of the organization in Louisiana and elsewhere will gather for the annual session, the theme of which is “Conquer, Build and Grow in Claverism.”

The conference is an occasion to conduct statewide business and plan for the current year as well as to celebrate the accomplishments of the preceding year, including exemplary service rendered by individual knights and ladies.

The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary, a 105-year-old fraternal order, is the largest and oldest organization of African American Catholics in the country. Louisiana holds the distinction of being the largest of six districts in the order and is home to its national headquarters in New Orleans.

The Knights, Ladies and their Junior Divisions for young people ages 7-18 are dedicated to prayer, volunteer service and charitable work in and for their church parishes and local communities.

A Conference Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 25, by Bishop Robert W. Muench.