July 11, 2020

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Fr. McGivney inspires Outreach Programs in Bohol -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Remembering Father McGivney 127 years later -

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – PH visits hospitals in Manila -

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cause of Venerable Fr. McGivney introduced among Singles for Christ members -

Monday, April 17, 2017

Parish promotions of the Cause of K of C founder begins -

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – Philippines supports #ActPH -

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The K of C as agents of communion -

Monday, April 3, 2017

What Makes A Miracle? -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Remembering the Saints and our departed loved ones -

Monday, November 7, 2016

Supreme Knight’s Report Highlights Order’s Charity -

Monday, August 15, 2016

Filipino youth promote Fr. McGivney’s sainthood bid during WYD in Poland -

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Father McGivney’s Cause promoted at the 51st IEC -

Monday, February 1, 2016

Knights support Eucharistic congress in the Philippines -

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fr. McGivney’s Cause promoted over Catholic Radio -

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Knights of Columbus Priest-Scholars vow to promote Cause of Fr. McGivney -

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Father McGivney feeding program for the poor kicks-off -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Working Toward Recovery -

Friday, September 5, 2014

The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest -

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rebuilding lives in typhoon-hit Central Philippines -

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prayer for the Canonization of Fr. McGivney to be recited as the opening prayer in all council meetings and activities in Luzon State -

Monday, May 12, 2014

From The Desk of the Vice Postulator

Look to the East. That was the instruction given to me by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson when he asked me to assume the position of Vice Postulator for the Cause for Canonization of Father McGivney. He told me that the Knights of Columbus was looking to the Philippines, a devout Catholic country, to find the miracle needed for Venerable McGivney to make the next step to beatification. Soon I was in touch with Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, the full-time Postulator in Rome, to get a better idea of what my new position entailed.

It came as something of a surprise for me to be named Vice Postulator, since my professional experience had been in journalism, serving as managing editor of Columbia magazine and Communications Specialist in the Supreme Knight’s Office during the 10 years I have worked at the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. One of my main duties over the past four years has been as editor of the website Fathers for Good (fathersforgood.org), an initiative for men and their families sponsored by the Supreme Council.

Yet I do have two qualifications for my new position as Vice Postulator: I hold a master’s in theology as a layman who studied at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York, and I am married to a wonderful Filipina, Maria Milagros (Angeles) Caulfield, who grew up in Marikina, outside of Manila. We met at an all-night vigil in New York City, where we were married nearly 14 years ago. We have two active boys, ages 11 and 7.

With these two qualifications, I am familiar with theological terms and canon law, and am comfortable with the people and culture of the Philippines. In fact, I can say that I love the Philippines and her people and consider it a great privilege to be able to work with them in the common cause of making Father McGivney more well-known in the country and finding a miracle through his intercession.

When I traveled to Manila in late January to meet with Dr. Ambrosi and make plans for promoting the Cause in the Philippines, I voiced a simple message: First the Founder. I knew that the Knights in the Philippines were already seeking to advance the Cause of Father George Willmann, a Jesuit missionary priest who was known as the “Father McGivney of the Philippines” for overseeing the great growth of the Order in this country. When he died in 1977, he was a beloved “father” of all Filipino Knights, and was buried at his request in the Jesuit cemetery in Novaliches, Quezon City.

By promoting the Cause of Father McGivney, we do not at all wish to diminish devotion to Father Willmann, or his significance in the history of the Order. We simply say, “First the Founder” and then the one who followed him. One day, please God, we will see both priests raised to the honors of the altar as saints.

 

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