International Alliance of Catholic Knights

The International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK) is a non-governmental organization made up of fifteen Roman Catholic fraternal societies from 27 countries on six continents. The IACK was founded in Glasgow on 12 October 1979 at a meeting of the leaders of six fraternal societies, convened on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Knights of Saint Columba.[1] The organization is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.[1]

International Alliance of Catholic Knights
MottoUbi Caritas Et Amor
(Latin: "Where there is charity and love [there is God]").
Formation12 October 1979 (1979-10-12)
FounderLeaders of six fraternal societies, convened on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Knights of Saint Columba
Founded atGlasgow, Scotland

The IACK is currently an associate member of the Conference of International Catholic Organizations. The CICO is made up of 36 member organizations, four associated organizations and four invited organizations. These international organizations of more than 150 million lay people, through their respective national branches, are present in more than 150 countries.

Member Organizations

OrderFoundedJoined IACK [2]Region(s)
Knights of Saint Columba19191979Great Britain
Knights of Columbus18821979United States, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, South Korea
Knights of Saint Columbanus19151979Ireland
Knights of the Southern Cross19191979Australia
Knights of the Southern Cross (New Zealand)19221979New Zealand
Knights of Da Gama1980 [3]South Africa
Knights of Marshall19261983[4] Ghana, Liberia, Benin, and Togo
Knights of Saint Mulumba19531986Nigeria
Knights of Peter Claver19091987United States, Colombia
Knights of Saint Virgil1992Austria
Fraternal Order of Saints Peter and Paul1992The Gambia
Knights of Saint Gabriel1997United Nations
Knights of Saint Thomas the Apostle1998Pakistan
The Order of Our Lady Queen of Peace2000Mauritius
Knights of Saint Thomas More[5]20012001Belgium

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Mission statement

During the constitutional meeting, it was resolved that these Fraternal Orders would found an International Alliance for the purpose of working together for the mutual advantage of the individual Member Orders and the extension of Catholic Knighthood throughout the world. Furthermore, the IACK holds its members to:

  • Bring the message of Christ to all people.
  • Give loyalty and support in every way possible to our Holy Father The Pope and all Bishops, Priests and Religious throughout the world.
  • Use their individual and joint influence to eliminate injustice from society.
  • Cooperate with other Catholic international organizations and the Pontifical Council for the Laity to advance the Christian way of life.
  • Extend the vision of The Venerable Reverend Father Michael J. McGivney (founder of the Knights of Columbus) by assisting each Member Order to progress and grow and by promoting the establishment of new Orders of Catholic Knights.
  • Strengthen the individual and distinct Member Orders by corporate action and to strive to deepen the faith of members of the Alliance and all Catholics in general by encouraging their active and generous participation in the Life and Mission of the Church.
  • Pursue these aims by uniting all throughout the world in prayer.

The IACK was approved as a Catholic international organization by the Holy See in 1981. By a Decree dated 14 April 1992 the International Alliance of Catholic Knights was given official recognition by the Vatican as an International Catholic Association of the Faithful, in accordance with Canons 298-311 and 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law.


It was agreed that the Supreme Knight or National President of each Member Order would form an International Council which would meet annually (now biennially) and be responsible for the organization and development of the new Alliance and would provide a forum in which the leaders of the Orders could discuss matters of common concern. The Leaders present at this historic gathering are recognized as the Founders of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights:

  • Tony Rouse, Supreme Knight, Knights of Saint Columba
  • Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • James J. Eccles, Supreme Knight, Knights of Saint Columbanus
  • Peter Taylor, National President, Knights of the Southern Cross
  • Alan M. Diesel, Supreme Knight, Knights of Da Gama
  • Dr. Kevin Greene, Supreme Knight, Knights of the Southern Cross (New Zealand)
YearLocationInternational Council President
1979Glasgow ScotlandTony Rouse
1980East London South AfricaAlan Diesel
1981Wellington New ZealandPatrick Keogh
1982Hartford United StatesVirgil C. Dechant
1983Dublin IrelandVincent Gallagher
1984Melbourne AustraliaRobert Ward
1985Glasgow ScotlandWalter Downey
1986Sekondi GhanaGeorge Habib
1987New Haven United StatesVirgil C. Dechant
1988Berg An Daal South AfricaRaymond Allam
1989Dublin Ireland and the VaticanHugh McLaughlin
1990Auckland New ZealandKinney Curran
1991Rome ItalyDr. George Akabogu
1993New Orleans United StatesPaul Condoll
1995Morecambe EnglandW. Roe
1997Sekondi GhanaOwusu Prempeh
1998The VaticanDr. Edmund Kwaw
1999New Haven United StatesDr. Edmund Kwaw
2001Melbourne AustraliaEamonn Fleming
2003St Martin bei Lofer Salzbergerland AustriaGeoffrey Renner


  1. Asociaiones Internacionales de Fieles (Spanish) (2004), Pontifical Council for the Laity, Roman Curia, Vatican City; url accessed 1 June 2006
  2. Formation and Development, IACK, url accessed 1 June 2006
  3. International Alliance of Catholic Kights, Knights of St. Columba, url accessed 1 June 2006
  4. and Ladies of Marshall
  5. Knights of Saint Thomas More, url accessed 24 July 2009
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