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Peter Claver Western States District Conference convenes, April 27

The Knights of Peter Claver 'gives a presence and voice that speaks to the needs of Black Catholics'

The Knights and Ladies will meet in collaboration, friendship, and unity around the theme, ‘Break Every Chain in the Name of Jesus’

Compton Herald | Peter Claver

The Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver

COMPTON — The Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver will provide blankets, coats, socks, and sleeping bags for the homeless in Portland, Ore., when they assemble April 27-29 for their Western States District Conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel.

William and Barbara King, a brother-sister team are emerging leaders from Los Angeles, who are working with Right 2 Dream Too in Portland, an organization that provides shelter for the homeless. Court 306 in Compton will host the Knights and Ladies, who will offer coffee, granola bars, and soup for the homeless.

The Conference will include a banquet, business meetings, a raffle, and workshops conducted by Bruce Sampson of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Lori McCoy Shuler of Los Angeles. Bishop Peter L. Smith of Portland, Ore., will serve as celebrant and homilist at Sunday Mass on April 29.

Knights President Robert Williams said the Knights of Peter Claver “gives a presence and voice that speaks to the needs of Black Catholics.”

Optimistic the Portland conference will serve to sow the seeds of Claverism, Williams said it will eventuate because “[the] Knights and Ladies are practicing Catholics and a family order of men, women, and youth.”

According to Franz Aubry, Ladies president, “The Knights and Ladies will meet in collaboration, friendship, and unity around the theme, ‘Break Every Chain in the Name of Jesus,’” which she said is appropriate because of the “social justice issues we face today.”

Aubry invites the community to join in the Sunday Mass at the hotel at 9 a.m. April 29 where he said “celebration, gratitude, and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ who makes it all possible,” will occur.

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