Date of Birth: April 22, 1932
Date of Death: September 26, 2018
Born 4/22/32 in Elgin, IL to parents Everett “Bud” Knott and Eleanor Mitchell Knott. Died 9/26/18 in Phoenix, AZ. Fr. Knott was born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, attending school at St. Lawrence Elementary School and St. Edward High School. He then attended the seminary at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana for three years before beginning graduate theology training at the American College of the Immaculate Conception in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained a priest on June 28, 1959. He is survived by one brother, David (Rosemary), and sister-in-law Patricia Moylan, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral mass will be in Arizona at St. Elizabeth Seton on October 11th at 11am with burial and potential 2nd mass at St. Anthony’s in Wickenburg, AZ. A mass in celebration of his life is being planned in Elgin, IL during the week of his birthday in April. Details of this event will be available closer to the date.
He served the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois as an associate pastor at St. Mary’s of Freeport and St. James of Rockford. He attended Vatican II in Rome, where he received his Master’s degree. He returned to Rockford where he was assigned to the Post Conciliar Center and he taught at Rockford College as an Associate Professor. He also served as Chaplain of the Newman Centers at Rockford and Rock Valley Colleges. He served as Hospice Priest and Board member of Fox Valley Hospice and acted as Secretary of the Priest’s Senate. He also joined Dr. King in Selma, AL subsequent to the “Bloody Sunday” march with other priests and nuns across the country. He served as the pastor of St. Wendelin of Shannon, St. Mary’s of Sterling, St Josephs of Lena, St. Monica’s of Carpentersville, and St. Thomas More of Elgin. He was beloved by many of the families at these parishes, as was the dog who was often the faithful companion at his side. After retiring and moving to Arizona, Fr. Knott served at St. Elizabeth Seton, Santa Teresita, St. Clair of Assisi, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Anthony’s, all in the Phoenix Diocese. He was a chaplain at the women’s prison where he frequently visited to say mass and visit inmates.