Virgil C. Dechant

Virgil C. Dechant

Virgil C. Dechant (b. September 24, 1930) was the twelfth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from January 21, 1977 to September 30, 2000.

He was born September 24, 1930, in Antonino, Kansas, and lives in Kansas City, Kansas. He and his wife Ann L. Dechant have four children and 10 grandchildren.

In 1998, Dechant was the recipient of the National Right to Life award along with Senator Jesse Helms. Mr.Dechant is the vice president of the Vatican Bank, a Gentiluomo di Sua Santità, and a Councillor on the State Council for Vatican City. He had the honor of escorting President George W. Bush to the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

He stepped down as Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus on September 30, 2000 at the age of seventy; after serving the longest term ever by a Supreme Knight. He was succeeded by Carl A. Anderson.

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