About Us

Bishop Rene Gracida Council #223
The Knights of Peter Claver was originally founded November 7, 1909, in Mobile Alabama as an organization to allow men of color membership in a Catholic fraternal society. The organization was incorporated July 12, 1911, at Mobile, Alabama. Divisions of the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc were established as follows: 1917 Fourth Degree ( Authorized), 1917 Junior Knights (Authorized), 1922 Ladies Auxiliary (Authorized), 1926 Ladies Auxiliary Division ( Established), 1930 Junior Daughters Division (Established),  1935 Junior Knights Division (Established), 1980 Ladies of Grace Meritorious Division (Established), 

With strong support of The Church throughout the years, the Order now has over 700 subordinate units throughout the United States and a Unit in Colombia, South America. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Order is comprised of over 18,000 Catholic family members. We continue our expansion efforts welcoming all Catholics to join. The Order is a member of the International Alliance Catholic Knights. Your Invitation to Catholic Action! We extend a cordial invitation to all Catholics to join or reinstate your membership in the Knights of Peter Claver, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, the Junior Knights or the Junior Daughters
Goals & Objectives of the Order
To be a supporter to the local parishes and to the Bishop of the diocese
To participate collectively in various parish and community activities
To promote civic improvements and social justice
To encourage Lay Apostolic and Catholic action
To make contributions to worthwhile causes
To award scholarships and support education
To foster recreational assemblies and facilities
To develop youth in a positive, nurturing environment
To provide social and intellectual fellowship for its members
Grand Knight, Manuel Valenzuela Huanosto, Jr.
Phone: 850-512-3046
Knights of Peter Claver
Bishop Rene Gracida Council #223
P.O. Box. Box 22
Pensacola, Florida 32591
[email protected]


If you wish to become a member fill out the form below.
For more information about our unit, please visit our local website; www.kofpc223.org
or visit our national website; www.kofpc.org