Dechant, Virgil C.


Virgil C. Dechant was born 24 September 1930 in Antonino, Kansas.  He served as the Twelfth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (1977-2000).

Mr. Dechant is the vice president of the Vatican Bank, a Gentiluomo di Sua Santità (a Gentleman of His Holiness), and a Councillor on the State Council for Vatican City. He had the honor of escorting President George W. Bush to the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

His Volga German ancestors come from the colony of Mariental.


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