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KNIGHT OF ST. GREGORY. The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (Latin: Ordo Sancti Gregorii Magni; Italian: Ordine di San Gregorio Magno) was established on September 1, 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI, seven months after his election as Pope.

The order is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. The honor is bestowed upon Catholic men and women (and sometimes in rare cases to non-Catholics) in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and to the Catholic Church, through their unusual labors, their support of the Holy See, and the examples they set in their communities and their countries.

In 1962 Clarence T. (Mike) Dowd, vice president for business affairs at LORAS COLLEGE was invested with the honor after it was announced by Pope John. Dowd was the second Loras faculty member to receive the honor. Professor George William HEITKAMP was knighted in 1946. (2)



1. "Order of St. Gregory the Great," Wikipedia, Online: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_St._Gregory_the_Great

2. "C. T. Dowd Made Knight," Telegraph-Herald, March 19, 1962, p. 1