KANSAS CITY — Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the keynote speaker Aug. 1 at the Founder’s Gala during the 100th national convention of the Knights of Peter Claver.
Tickets to the black tie event, open to the public, are $65 each or $625 for a table of 10, and can be purchased online at www.kofpc.org/gala, or by calling (504) 821-4225.
The Founder’s Gala is hosted by the St. Peter Claver Foundation, the charitable arm of the Knights of Peter Claver. It will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, and will also feature dinner, live music and dancing.
Headquartered in New Orleans, the Knights of Peter Claver has chapters in 72 dioceses including the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
The St. Peter Claver Foundation is dedicated to supporting underserved communities and children though scholarships, promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life, providing outreach services and education on health issues including sickle cell anemia, cancer and hypertension, and advocating pro-life programs and alternatives to abortion.
Archbishop Kurtz was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2013.
The fourth archbishop of Louisville, Archbishop Kurtz has served the archdiocese since 2007, after serving as bishop of Knoxville, Tenn., since 1999.
He was ordained for the priesthood of the Diocese of Allentown, Pa., in 1972 and holds a master’s degree in social work, in addition to advanced degrees in philosophy and theology.