We are a Franciscan community whose mission is to promote reverent devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Jesus is the Eucharistic King whom the Knights have pledged to serve.
Why We Exist
We exist to serve the Church and the wider community. Ultimately, what matters is that all men and women reach eternal salvation. People today are hungering for a close relationship with Our Lord, but many don’t even know they have this desire. Our goal is to show them the beauty of the Christian life fully lived. As men living a consecrated life in community, professing the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, we pray that through the example of our life and distinctive habit, others will see beyond this earthly existence and strive for holiness.
The Knights want to help others realize what a great Treasure the Eucharist is: Our Lord Himself! Like St. Francis, the Knights strive to be instruments of renewal and reform by helping others become aware of and experience the Lord’s Eucharistic presence among us.
Our Prayer and Work in the Vineyard
No two days are alike! A sampling of our life would include:
Mother Angelica in 1981 founded EWTN, the largest privately owned Religious Network in the world. In 1987, she founded her first male religious community, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Then on July 25, 1998, she founded her second male religious community known as the Knights of the Holy Eucharist. It was she who gave our fledgling community its primary mission. Mother Angelica’s life of dedication to adoring Our Lord naturally spilled over into her founding of the Knights, and we are blessed to be part of carrying on her mission and legacy.
St. Francis of Assisi was a man with a chivalrous heart. When he loved, he loved without reservation. As a young man, he was enthralled with the things of the world; but seized by the call of God, Francis progressed to higher things. Making God his only patrimony and entrusting himself to God alone, Francis stripped himself of all possessions.
With St. Francis as our model, the Knights are directed toward incarnating the noble virtues of spiritual knighthood: deep faith, fiery enthusiasm for Christ, and readiness to battle spiritually for His Kingdom on earth.
Our Coat of Arms
Our Coat of Arms was designed by Mother Angelica. The shield contains four emblems: wheat, a fleur de lis, a flame, and a book inscribed with the word veritas. The wheat represents the Holy Eucharist, Whom the Knights have pledged themselves to adore, protect, and defend. The fleur de lis represents the Blessed Virgin Mary under whose special patronage the Knights have placed themselves. The flame is a symbol of the fire of charity which is the motivation behind the Knights’ service of God and the Church.
Finally, veritas is Latin for “truth” and signifies that the Knights seek always to bear witness to the truth in both word and deed. Blue and gold are papal colors and represent the Knights’ fidelity to Holy Mother Church.
The white symbolizes the purity to which they are to be witnesses both in the orthodoxy of their beliefs and the innocence of their lives.
The shield is supported by two angels that represent all the angelic hosts upholding those who fight for the honor and glory of God. The crown of thorns above the helmet calls to mind Christ the King, Who in this world was content with suffering and humiliation. The crest on this coat of arms is the monstrance, which is a sign of the Holy Eucharist, whom the Knights are dedicated to protecting and serving. The motto “For God and the Church” epitomizes the Knights’ single-hearted desire to serve God and, for His sake, to spend themselves in the service of His Church.