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.
THE 1998 PROUDLY PRO-LIFE AWARDS DINNER HONORS HELMS, DECHANT.(Sen. Jesse Helms; Virgil C. Dechant)(Brief Article)
May 07, 1998; The National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund held its fifth annual "Proudly Pro-Life" Awards Dinner to honor those with a...