Knights of Da Gama
St. John Bosco Council 19 Port Elizabeth: Grand Knight: Mr. Malcolm Rogers
9 Clevedon Rd, Mount Croix Cell: 083 625 7702, Tel: 041 373 5602
Council 19 General Assembly - 1st Tuesday at 18:00
St Bernadette’s Catholic Church Hall
176 Fordyce Road
Uitenhage Council 33. Grand Knight : Mario Stegmann
Council 33 General Assembly (?)
In the post war years of international uncertainty and godlessness, a small band of men in Natal pledged themselves to the knightly ideals of Charity, Fraternity and Duty and named this embryonic Order after Da Gama.
Within a short period the Order was extended into the northern provinces, the Rhodesias and Kimberley. The Knights then moved to Africa’s most southerly city Cape Town and in November 1959 with the consent of Bishop Green, the St. John Bosco Council No. 19 was inaugurated in Port Elizabeth.
The Knights of Da Gama is an order of Catholic gentlemen who subscribe to three basic principles: absolute loyalty to God and the country, a truly fraternal spirit of help and assistance and the unification of action as Catholic men.
Meetings are conducted with symbolic and dignified ritual approved by ecclesiastical authority. This ritual brings out the ideals on which the Order is based: Loyalty, Service and Sacrifice. The members live according to a Code of Honour which provides opportunities for fostering their personal sanctification, and promoting the lay apostolate.
The Knights have initiated a number of projects that promote the Catholic perspective in society, like yearly Golf Days, ‘Put Christ back into Christmas campaign and their sale of Christmas cards, the proceeds of which go to charity; ‘Toys for Happiness’ collection for poor children; the Revcom membership and its commitment to keeping God’s name ‘hallowed’ and more recently their anti-abortion / pro-life campaign which advises and supports unmarried mothers during their pregnancy and confinement (see Marian Villa) and assists with their reintegration into family life.