Knights, Ladies of Peter Claver: Stalwarts of the Catholic Church

The Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver have been stalwarts of the Catholic Church since the organization’s founding in the early 20th century, and the national fraternal organization of men, women and children is still going strong in several predominantly black parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Ladies of Peter Claver hold hands while praying the Our Father during a Unity Mass at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Chicago on May 1, 2016. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Arthur Eiland receives the Archbishop James Lyke African-American Male Image Award as the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary St. Felicitas-St. Ailbe Court No. 181 hosts its 25th annual awards luncheon Feb. 24, 2019, at Georgio’s Banquets in Orland Park. Along with awards, the court presented scholarships to young men. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)