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Carl Anderson


As Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with nearly 1.7 million members.  

Anderson holds degrees in philosophy from Seattle University and in law from the University of Denver.  He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court.

Anderson has had a distinguished career as a public servant and educator, including 15 years as a visiting professor of family law at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.  In 1988, he became the founding Vice President and first Dean of the Washington D.C. session of this graduate school of theology, which is now located at The Catholic University of America. 

He currently serves or has served on: the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He and his wife, Dorian, are the parents of five children. 

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