Past Commanders

Pierre De Mets (Panagiotis DeMetreou) was the Founder of the Knights of St. Andrew. He and Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory together envisioned an Order of outstanding laymen in the Archdiocese of the Americas, and in 1966 this dream was realized. Pierre De Mets was appointed for life as the Grand Commander by His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras.

The achievements of Pierre De Mets as a successful businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, and above all dedicated son and servant of the Church could fill a volume. The unparalleled leadership he gave to his beloved Sts. Constantine and Helen Church, to the Diocese of Chicago, and to the Archdiocese as Vice-Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council and in many other capacities is a record deserving of the highest possible tribute and honor.

On November 30th, 1977 he was honored by the presentation of a beautiful plaque with the medal of St. Andrew embedded in it and a high tribute from all Archons of the Archdiocese. He could not attend the meeting but His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, Commander Anthony Borden, and Regional Commander Andrew Athens made the presentation at his home much to his appreciation and delight. Although Pierre De Mets is no longer with us his indomitable spirit of dedication to the Church lives on as a symbol for all to follow.

His funeral took place at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church on Monday, August 13th, 1979.