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The Knights were founded by Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A., on July 25, 1998, feast day of St. James. The spirit of St. Francis, the “Knight-Errant of Assisi,” became a role model for the new Knights; this spirit was demonstrated by St. Francis’ deep sense of faith, fiery enthusiasm for Christ, and readiness to battle for His kingdom on earth.
The Knights of the Holy Eucharist are single Catholic men seeking to follow Christ more closely through a life lived in community and dedicated to the service of God. The primary focus of this service is the fostering of reverent devotion to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Pope Saint John Paul II states that the Church “draws her life from the Eucharist”.
“The Knight Shalt Be a Man of Honor and a Man of Prayer…”
It is the mission of the Knights to spread authentic devotion to Christ really, truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. They should encourage the Christian faithful to participate in Eucharistic adoration, which by its very nature will increase reverence. All efforts should be made through whatever means are available to promote faith in the Real Presence of our Eucharistic King.
A knight is one elevated by a king to a position of special trust, service, and honor. He is one who has made the interests of his king his own. He serves and protects his lord not for profit, but from the kind of selfless loyalty that can only be called noble.
Jesus is the Eucharistic King Whom the Knights of the Holy Eucharist have pledged themselves to serve and to defend. As loyal Knights, they willingly lay down their lives not only for Him, but also for all that is His. It is for this reason that their protection and service extends to His holy Temple.
When did the Knights begin?
By the summer of 1998, construction on the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, was well underway. It was at this time that Mother Angelica saw a genuine, pressing need arise: With 400 acres of land and a soon-to-be-completed Shrine that would become a place of pilgrimage for thousands from around the world, Mother needed some hard-working, God-loving, dedicated men to serve these growing, pressing, permanent needs of the Shrine. And so, on July 25, 1998, the Knights of Holy Eucharist came into existence–and have been working and praying hard ever since!
Our "First Mission" was to serving at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. We now continue the heart of that mission in Lincoln Diocese, Nebraska, assisting the bishop and his priests, in the formation of youth, retreats, vocational discernment, and the noble "lift" of humble labor where it is needed -- perfected by the "lift" our Eucharistic Lord gives us.
As an active contemplative community we are lovers and defends of the Holy Eucharist and it is through this nuclear core that we contribute to the renewal of the Church. Fostering reverent devotion remains at the heart of our service and our unique pathway to our own spiritual renewal so that we may walk in the labor of daily perfection and one day become great saints!
What do the Knights do?
Called to serve at Masses, healing services, benediction, spiritual retreats, youth camps -- the Knights give public witness to the profound reverence and devotion befitting such sacred service. See OUR CHARISMS.
Prayer is an essential part in the life of any Christian, and is especially so for a Knight of our community.
Spending time in adoration before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the most important “work” of our day. The Knights take scheduled shifts for adoration throughout the workday for prayer and to adore, accompany, and protect our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Love is the key to our service of God. The more we grow in our love for God, the more we desire to serve. This way our daily work becomes a labor of love.
We are a community of consecrated lay Franciscan brothers dedicated to adoring Jesus our Eucharistic King, serving Bishops, priests, shrines, retreat houses, and assisting in vocational discernment.Adoration
- Adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament
- Promotion of Eucharistic devotion
- Liturgical service in both Roman rite forms
- Knightly hospitality to priests and pilgrims
- Facility upkeep and grounds maintenance
For God and Church - knightly service, radical love.