Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (more simply referred to as the Supreme Knight) is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. He leads more than 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 councils and oversees over $77 billion of life insurance in force, as of 2013.[1]

Since its founding in 1882, there have been 13 Supreme Knights.[2] Carl A. Anderson is the current Supreme Knight, a position he has held since 2000.

List of Supreme Knights

Term of office Supreme Knight Prior office Deputy Supreme Knight Supreme Chaplain


1 February 2, 1882 to May 17, 1886 James T. Mullen.jpg James T. Mullen 1882[3] to John T. Kerrigan
April 29, 1884[4] to John Dowling 1884[4] to 1890 Michael J. McGivney
2 May 17, 1886[5]to 1897 John J. Phelan.jpg John J. Phelan May 17, 1886[5] to William Hassett
3 March 2, 1897 to February 8, 1898 James E. Hayes.jpg James E. Hayes First State Deputy of Massachusetts 1897 to February 8, 1898 John J. Cone[6]
4 February 8, 1898 to 1899 John J. Cone.jpg John J. Cone First New Jersey State Deputy,
Deputy Supreme Knight
Vacant
Vacant
5 April 1, 1899 to August 31, 1909 Edward L. Hearn.jpg Edward L. Hearn State Deputy of Massachusetts April 1, 1899[7] to June 3, 1903[8] John W. Hogan
1901[9] to 1928[10] Patrick McGivney
June 3, 1903[8] to Patrick T. McArdle[11]
James A. Flaherty[12]
6 September 1, 1909 to August 31, 1927 James A. Flaherty.jpg James A. Flaherty Deputy Supreme Knight 1909[10] to 1927[13] Martin H. Carmody[10]
7 September 1, 1927 to August 31, 1939 Martin H. Carmody Deputy Supreme Knight,
Michigan State Deputy
1927[10] to 1933[14] John F. Martin
1928[10] to 1938[15] John J. McGivney
1933[14] to 1939 Francis P. Matthews
1938[15] to 1960[16] Leo M. Finn
8 1939 to 1945 Francis P. Matthews.jpg Francis P. Matthews Deputy Supreme Knight[15] 1939 to 1945 John E. Swift
9 1945 to 1953 John E. Swift Deputy Supreme Knight[17]
Massachusetts State Deputy[18]
1945[19] to 1949[20] Timothy Galvin
1949[20] to 1960[21] William J. Mulligan
10 September 1, 1953 to February 19, 1964 KennedyHart.jpg Luke E. Hart Supreme Advocate
1960[21] to 1964[22] John W. McDevitt[22] 1961 to 1987 Charles Pasquale Greco[23][16]
11 1964 to 1977 John W. McDevitt Deputy Supreme Knight 1964 to 1966 John H. Griffin[22][24]
1966[25] to April 1976[26] Charles J. Ducey
1976 to 1978 Ernest J. Wolff[26]
12 January 21, 1977 to September 30, 2000 Virgil C. Dechant Supreme Secretary, Supreme Master
1978[26] to Frederick H. Pelletier[27]
1984 to 1997 Ellis Flynn[28]
1987 to 2005 Thomas V. Daily[29]
1997 to 2000 Robert F. Wade[30]
13 October 1, 2000 to present Carl A. Anderson.jpg Carl A. Anderson Supreme Secretary,
Vice President for Public Policy
2000 to 2006 Jean Migneault[31]
2005 to present William Lori[32]
2006 to 2013 Dennis Savoie[33][34]
2013 to 2017 Logan T. Ludwig[35]
January 1, 2017 to present Patrick E. Kelly[35]


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