The Catholic faith and the Catholic Church community were of central importance to our founders – it was their lives. Mr. and Mrs. Knott responded to the needs of the clergy both out of gratitude for the compassion their own family had received, and a desire to support the work of men and women of integrity whom they saw serving the needs of the broader community. They supported the development of clergy and lay leaders to strengthen the Catholic Church, the reputation of the Catholic Church, and the Catholic community.
Our founders’ devotion to the Catholic faith and support of the Catholic Church has its roots in family history. Mr. Knott’s grandmother died young, and his own mother and aunt were raised and schooled by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. That act of kindness made a huge impression on Mr. Knott and he felt indebted to repay their generosity. Mr. Knott desired to support the Catholic Church in part because of what the Church had done for his family, and also because of the role that faith played in his life.
The Foundation honors this legacy by supporting organizations and programs that espouse the values and doctrines of the Catholic Church. Through our focus on Catholic activities, we support churches, faith communities, religious orders, retreat houses and spiritual centers.
We invite you to learn about the outcomes of some of these grants by reading our grant spotlight stories in Catholic activities:
- Lost and Found: Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) uses Catholic activities grant to help Towson University students find fulfillment through faith and friendship
- The Grace of the Charge: Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur use Catholic activities grant to care for aging sisters
- A Roof for the Masses: Saint Margaret Parish uses Catholic activities grant to replace aging roof
- Walking With Mother Seton: The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton uses Catholic activities grant to build a successful retreat program
A Different Kind of Retirement: Ignatian Volunteer Corps uses Catholic activities grant to grow the number of volunteers in Baltimore
A Faith Community at Work: Catholic Community at Relay uses Catholic activities grant to create a new entrance to their church