Knights’ Long History of Support for the Catholic University of America

Charter Ceremony for Notre Dame Council #1477 in 1910
Charter Ceremony for Notre Dame Council #1477 in 1910

The Knights expanded to college campuses in the early-20th century. In 1904, more than 10,000 Knights and their families attended ceremonies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in which the Order presented the school with a grant for more than $55,000. The funds, used to establish a K of C chair of American history, began a long history of support for CUA.  From 1909 to 1913, Knights raise $500,000 to establish a permanent endowment for CUA.

In addition, students at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana soon organized their own K of C council.  Chartered in 1910, Notre Dame Council 1477 was the Order’s first college council, launching a subset of the Knights that today includes councils at 244 schools worldwide.

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