Fr David Knight came to speak at our 2005 Eucharistic Convention. The following is the promotional blurb to advertise his talk that year – below are recordings of his two presentations.
Father David Knight is brought to the Eucharistic Convention this year by the Cursillo Group of Auckland led by Gerry and Margaret Smy. The organisers are very grateful to the Cursillos for their generous gesture on behalf of the Eucharistic Convention this year.
David Knight was born in Dallas, TX in 1931. After studying and working in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Washington, and Lyon, France, he was ordained in 1961. He lives in Memphis, TN with his dog Hup. He runs His Way House center for Spiritual Growth and teaches in the Diocese of Memphis Institute for Liturgy and Spirituality. He is retired as pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
After ordination Fr. Knight served as a missionary to the Ngama people in Danamaji, Chad for three years. His work included providing pastoral care, teaching, helping with agricultural and construction projects and basic first aid.
Upon Fr. Knight’s return to the United States he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. His doctoral dissertation “The Implictions for Spiritual Theology of Karl Rahner’s Theology of Renunciation Studied in the Light of His Concept of Man” was the foundation for his book series Cloud by Day, Fire by Night vols. 1, 2 & 3. In the years after Vatican II he led many workshops and retreats on the vows for religious communities.
In 1977, St. Anthony Messenger Press published Fr. David Knight’s first book addressed to the laity. His Way: An Everyday Plan for Following Jesus was one of the first books to answer Vatican II’s call to the laity to strive for perfection and renew society. The laity’s response to this book spawned discussion groups, parish missions, retreats and more books including To Follow His Way : A Renewal Program For Parishes, Small Groups, Individuals (St. Anthony Messenger Press 1980). Dimension Books and Our Sunday Visitor Press Have also published his books. Fr. Knight has written articles for U.S. Catholic, Marian Helper, The Sign, America, and Common Sense.
Fr. Knight has given talks, missions, retreats and workshops in Australia, Canada, England, Ecuador, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Spain and throughout the United States. His book, Reaching Jesus: 5 Steps to a Fuller Life (1998) was written in response to requests to update His Way based on 20 years of teaching it and talking to people. Fr. Knight is now finishing Immersed in Christ: A Journey in Five Steps. This program is a course in spiritual formation for the laity.
Fr. Knight taught in High Schools in Florida and Louisiana and at Catholic University, Loyola University, Christian Brothers College (University), and Memphis Theological Seminary (Cumberland Presbyterian).
When Fr. Knight is not presiding at Mass, anointing the sick, visiting the imprisoned, burying the dead, writing, praying or teaching he enjoys reading, sleeping, eating and driving his tractor.