Reverend A.J. McKnight C.S.Sp.

Rev. A.J. McKnight has focused on organizing a national development bank with innovative local chapters of cooperatives to promote economic progress all over the country. His life has been a testament that real economic and social change occurs only after the “inner change,” the cultural change, which comes with emphasis on spiritual growth and sharing. ​


Albert J. Mcknight was born on August 18th, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York. He was ordained a priest on June 6, 1952. From 1982 to July 1988, the Rev. Mcknight served as pastor of hte Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana, the largest African-American Catholic parish in the country. In 1990, he became executive director of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. In 1972, he became the president of the Southern Development Foundation. His corporate affiliations include: Past Board Member and Vice Chairperson of the National Cooperative Bank, Board Member of the Southern Cooperative Development Fund, Provincial Councillor serving on the Western Provincial Council of the Holy Ghost Fathers, and Board Member of minority-owned bank United Bank and Trust Company in New Orleans. Rev. McKnight died on April 17, 2016. 
For more information see his autobiography Whistling in the Wind. 


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