The leader of the Knights of Columbus presents a provocative book that looks to unite all Catholics under the extremely popular figure of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
CARL A. ANDERSON is the supreme knight, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, which has more than 1.7 million members. Mr. Anderson has had a distinguished career as a public servant and educator. From 1983 to 1987, he served in various positions in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, including special assistant to the president and acting director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Later, he served for nearly a decade as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has taught as a visiting professor of family law at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Since Mr. Anderson assumed the responsibilities of supreme knight in 2000, the Knights of Columbus has achieved new heights in charitable giving, providing in its latest year more than $139 million directly to charity and 64 million hours in voluntary service. Mr. Anderson holds degrees in philosophy from Seattle University and in law from the University of Denver. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court. He and his wife, Dorian, are the parents of five children.