|Type||Catholic fraternal service|
|Headquarters||PO Box 216, Campbell, ACT, Australia, 2612|
|Supreme Knight||Colin Walsh|
|Key people||Patrick Minahan and Joseph Lynch|
The Knights of the Southern Cross (KSC) is a Catholic fraternal order committed to promoting the Christian way of life throughout Australia.
Branches operate in many Catholic Parishes throughout Australia and membership is open to Catholic men over the age of 18.
The order also established the non-profit aged care organization, Southern Cross Care.
The objects of the order
- To promote the advancement of Australia
- To foster the Christian way of life throughout the nation
- To promote the welfare of members of the Order and their families
- To encourage spiritual,social and intellectual activities amongst members of the Order
- To conduct and support educational, charitable, religious and social welfare work
The Order was founded in 1919 in Sydney at a time Catholics were regarded with suspicion by the Protestant majority in Australia. The two co-founders werePatrick Minahan, a boot manufacturer and member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, and Joseph Lynch, a school inspector. Within a year of its establishment over 1,000 men had joined the order from every state in Australia and a national council was established to oversee the organisation.
In the beginning it served to assist Catholics service men returned from World War I to find employment and to defend the rights and interests of the Catholic Church in Australia, a mission which it continues to promote today.
International Alliance of Catholic Knights
Through the International Alliance of Catholic Knights, the Knights of the Southern Cross are associated with the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of St Columbanus, the Knights of Da Gama, the Knights of Peter Claver, the Knights of the Southern Cross (New Zealand) and the Knights of Saint Columba.