On Sept. 19, Victor Williams of Chattanooga was invested into the Order of the Fleur de Lis in Chattanooga.
Commander Williams and his wife, Lady Elaine, are active members of St. Stephen Parish. Commander Williams is employed by Pomeroy, an information technology infrastructure company. Additionally, Commander Williams was the 2020 recipient of the Monsignor Joseph E. Susi Award of Honor from the Order of the Fleur de Lis.
The Order of the Fleur de Lis is an organization of Catholic men incorporated under the laws of the state of Louisiana as a not-for-profit organization. The order’s domain is a five-state region consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
The objectives of the order include: supporting and defending the Holy Catholic Church and its teachings; promoting patriotism and good citizenship; encouraging public morality and unselfish service to God and country; assisting and publicizing the activities of other organizations that also promote the above; and memorializing and popularizing the memories and achievements of Catholic leaders in religion, the arts and sciences, philanthropy education, exploration and archeology, government and international relations, medicine and jurisprudence, and other established professions.
The Order of the Fleur de Lis encourages and recognizes leadership in living the values and principles of the Catholic faith by presenting the Monsignor Joseph Susi Award of Honor to an individual who has excelled as a Catholic leader in any one of the following: religion, family values, youth, aging, politics, patriotism, the arts and sciences, education, philanthropy, public morality, management-labor, the media, or medicine and jurisprudence.
Other Knight Commanders in the Diocese of Knoxville include Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishop Richard F. Stika, Father John Orr, Deacon Paul Nelson, Deacon Sean Smith, Raleigh E. Cooper III, Ronnie Holmes, Eric J. Pelton, C. Michael Horten, and Michael Wills.