Board of Directors Elects Next Deputy Supreme Knight

Posted on June 02, 2023 in: General News

Board of Directors Elects Next Deputy Supreme Knight

Board of Directors Elects Next Deputy Supreme Knight

Supreme Director Arthur Peters, past state deputy of Ontario, will take office July 1


The Knights of Columbus Board of Directors today elected Supreme Director Arthur L. Peters of Brampton, Ontario, as deputy supreme knight, effective July 1. Peters will succeed Deputy Supreme Knight Paul G. O’Sullivan of Foxboro, Massachusetts, who will retire next month after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

“On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors and the more than 2 million Knights worldwide, I congratulate Arthur Peters on his election as deputy supreme knight,” said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly. “I look forward to serving with Arthur as we advance the mission of Blessed Michael McGivney — protecting mothers and their children, both born and unborn; strengthening Catholic men and their families, parishes and communities through greater evangelization and faith formation; and growing the Knights of Columbus globally.”

Arthur Peters joined the Knights of Columbus in 1986 as a charter member of Father Clair Tipping Council 9235 in Brampton, Ontario. He served in numerous officer positions for his council, district and the Ontario State Council, which he led as state deputy from 2010 to 2011. When the 134th Supreme Convention was held in Toronto in 2016, he served as host committee chairman. Peters is presently in his third three-year term on the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors, which today elected him deputy supreme knight. In the second-highest fraternal leadership role, Peters will assist Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly; his duties will include serving as chairman of several board committees and principal liaison to the more than 200,000 Knights in Canada.

Peters has worked in the nonprofit sector with Youth Assisting Youth, which provides mentorship and tutoring, and with the Canadian Red Cross. For 15 years, he was a member of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and served as its vice chair and chair. He is an active parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in Brampton, coming from one of the founding families of the parish. Since 2005, Peters has worked as the director of development for the Archdiocese of Toronto, a position he will retain during his tenure as deputy supreme knight. He resides in Brampton with his wife, Angela, an executive in the nonprofit sector.

Supreme Knight Kelly expressed his gratitude to Deputy Supreme Knight O’Sullivan for his nearly 50 years of service to the Order.

“When I became supreme knight in March 2021, one of my first decisions was to recommend Paul O’Sullivan for election as deputy supreme knight,” he said. “Over the last two years, it has been an honor to serve alongside such a dedicated Knight, who is always guided by his deep Catholic faith. It is men like Paul O’Sullivan who make the Knights of Columbus such a great organization.”

(Pictured above: Deputy Supreme Knight-elect Arthur L. Peters)