10,000 Visitors From All Parts of the Country Expected Here This Week For Their Convention
DELEGATIONS OF KNIGHTS THRONG INTO CITY
5,000 IN PARADE TODAY
|The Knight's of St. John Arch at Main & Clinton Sts. Buffalo, N.Y. 1906|
The Knight's Arch photo is from the collection of Joseph
Schneggenburger, Buffalo,(1872-1960),German sculptor &
artistic plaster worker. He may have been the creator of the arch
Who Are the Knights of St. John?
Following the end of the Civil War, there existed a real need for physical and spiritual healing. The Knights of St. John was formed in 1873 in Buffalo, New York, USA with the formation of two Local Commanderies under the 2nd Regiment of Buffalo, New York. In 1879, these many organizations, including the Knights of St. George, the Knights of St. Paul, the Knights of St. Louis, and the Knights of St. John met to form a greater society of Knights. They met in Baltimore, Maryland and formed themselves into the Roman Catholic Union of the Knights of St. John, later shortened to the Knights of St. John.
The Order was officially incorporated in the State of New York on May 6, 1886 and took as its mission: “a filial devotion and respect for the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, a sense of honor, love of truth, courage, respect for womanhood and a indiscriminating charity motivated by love of GOD.” They sought to care for spiritual, social and physical needs of their members and neighbors. In the pattern of the Knights of the Crusade, they cared for the victims of the war by forming a Widows and Orphan Fund. In 1992, the name of the Order was officially changed to the Knights of St. John International to reflect the global structure of the Order.