Council 19 is the local chapter of the national organization of the Knights of Lithuania. The K of L is an organization of Catholic Lithuanian-Americans with over 3,000 members nationwide. The Knights endeavor to instill in their members an attachment to Lithuania, the land of their ancestors, and a knowledge, appreciation and love of the Lithuanian language, customs and culture. The local chapter is comprised of approximately 50 members. They meet monthly, except for the summer months, on the second Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Their meeting immediately precedes the Citizens' Society monthly meeting. The Knights have sponsored a number of their own events including their annual St. Casimir Day commemoration, All Souls Day prayer service, and Pirates Baseball outing. They also participate in and cosponsor some events in conjunction with the Citizens' Society.
Council 19 is part of the Mid-Central District of the Knights of Lithuania. In May, they gather with their fellow members from DuBois (PA), Cleveland, Detroit, Southfield (MI) and Dayton for a District Meeting and Bowling Tournament. In October, they meet again and take part in a religious Pilgrimage. These two events take place over a weekend and are hosted by one of the councils in the District. Finally in late July or early August, delegates and members from all councils gather for the annual National Convention of the organization. The Convention is an enjoyable time with plenty of activities for everyone. Recent conventions have been in Philadelphia and Los Angeles (Universal Studios). The 2005 Convention will be at the Wyndham Hotel near the Pittsburgh Airport from August 11-14. If you would like more info about the local council, please use our feedback form.