Celebrating 100 Years!
Special Message From the Lithuanian Bishops:
The Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference has declared this Sunday as World Prayer Day for Lithuanians. This first Sunday was particularly selected as most Lithuanian communities will be celebrating the feast of St. Casimir, who is the patron saint of Lithuania, K of L, youth organizations, etc. Many Lithuanian churches (9), missions, St. Casimir College in Rome, cemetery in Chicago and schools (2) are named in his honor. In 1636, St. Casmir was officially recognized as the patron saint of Lithuania and from 1948- patron saint of Lithuanian youth. Bearing in mind that, that for the first time in history the people of Lithuania, particularly the young adults, are so widely spread throughout the world, the closeness of St. Casimir is needed more importantly now than ever. We ask our Lord to gather us in prayer and strengthen our spirit. We are invited to thank God and one another, remember the people of Lithuania here and abroad, students, travelers, the infirmed, the incarcerated, workers, families that are separated, clergy, religious orders, family members, relatives, and our dearly departed.
To celebrate the first world day of prayer for Lithuanians, Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, March 02, 2014 at 12:30 PM at the Vilnius Cathedral. Archbishop Gintaras Grušas will be the main celebrant, along with Msgr. Edmund Putrimas, Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference Delegate for the Apostolate of Lithuanian Catholics Abroad and other concelebrants.
On this special world day of prayer, we invite all Lithuanians throughout the world – whether in Lithuania, US or other corners of the earth, to commemorate this day in prayer in your parishes, missions, communities.
Archbishop S. Tamkevičius
President/Chair of the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference
Msgr. Edmund Putrimas
Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference Delegate for the Apostolate of Lithuanian Catholics Abroad
The Knights of Lithuanian held a great 100th National Convention from July 25th-28th, 2013 in beautiful Quincy, MA.
For pictures of the 100th Convention please visit our photo galleries. Also please email any photos of the convention or any other Knights of Lithuania function to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the upcoming trip to Lithuania and Rome click here.
Labas, welcome to the Knights of Lithuania website!
The Knights of Lithuania is an organization of Roman Catholic men and women of Lithuanian ancestry and their spouses located in the USA. Adhering to the motto, "For God and Country," the Knights of Lithuania aim to keep alive among its members an appreciation of the Lithuanian language, customs and culture while also stressing the importance of Roman Catholic beliefs.
Organized on April 27, 1913, the Knights of Lithuania were begun as a youth organization. Its purpose was to unite the Lithuanian youth living in the USA, and through them, preserve Lithuanian culture and restore freedom to Lithuania, then divided between Russia and Germany. It has since become a family organization. St. Casimir, patron saint of Lithuania's youth, is honored as the organization's patron.
With Lithuania's regained freedom, the Knights of Lithuania have worked to continually expand on our current goals and work towards new ones. Currently, our ancillary organizations are aiding the Lithuanian Pontifical College in Rome through the St. Casimir Guild, Inc.; supplying Roman Catholic reading materials and additional needed aid through the Knights of Lithuanian Foundation, Inc. and promoting a deeper understanding, reverence and knowledge of the Blessed Mother's appearance in Siluva, Lithuania in 1608, through the Our Lady of Siluva Fund, Inc. We also work to assist the needs of Lithuanian causes and Lithuania through our Lithuanian Affairs Committee which works to disseminate information on current issues both here and abroad. We encourage everyone to visit their separate pages of this website for additional information as it becomes available.
Here in the United States, we strive to keep alive our Lithuanian heritage through cultural presentations, lectures, trips, choral and dance groups. A longtime member once said, "Our youth is our future". and the Knights of Lithuania have heeded these words. Through the efforts of our National Scholorship Fund, the organization is able to help talented members further their education. In addition we encourage all councils to form Junior Councils for our younger members.
The Knights of Lithuania is a member of the Lithuanian American Council, and the Lithuanian Roman Catholic Federation.
Keeping busy is always healthy for an organization. The Knights of Lithuania not only believe this, we practice it every day! We invite you to browse through our site and hope you enjoy learning more about us. New members are always welcome!