"In 1883, while I was in St. Louis, a convention was held there of the Catholic Knights of America, a social and insurance organization of Catholics, at which I was present as an onlooker. Upon my return to my parish in Central City, Colorado, I organized a branch of the society, and the following year had enough branches to organize a state council. For many years I was the state representative to the Supreme Councils, and on some of these occasions I had an opportunity to visit Kentucky."
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