June 28, 2017

News:

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

Parish Priest -

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Model for Our Times -

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Father McGivney Catechetical Tour begins -

Monday, March 31, 2014

Parish Priest

(This is the first part of excerpts that will appear in the newsletter and website from the book “Parish Priest” by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster)

Preface: The Same Manner to All Human Souls

He was a man of the people. He was zealous of the people’s welfare, and all the kindliness of his priestly soul asserted itself more strongly in his unceasing efforts for the betterment of their condition. —Description of Father Michael McGivney, read at his first memorial service (1890)

In 1998, when we were working together on a book for American Heritage, we took a break from a meeting and noticed an article in The New York Times about an obscure—to us, at least—priest from Connecticut who was under consideration for sainthood. Written by Frances Chamberlain and titled “Was There a Saint Born in Waterbury?” the piece described the life of Michael McGivney (1852–1890) and acknowledged that he met the general criteria for canonization. That NewYork Times article couldn’t have come along at a more fortuitous time for us. In the course of our discussions for the American Heritage book, The History of the United States, we marveled at the transition of Catholics in this country, from reviled victims of Know-Nothing violence in the mid-nineteenth century to respected members of mainstream America only a few generations later. Father McGivney’s life spanned that era in U.S. history and even helped lead the successful search for a Catholic sense of belonging, through his creation of the fraternal group, the Knights of Columbus, in 1882.

At the same time, the McGivney article reopened a continuing conversation we’d been having on the subject of the priesthood. We had both long been intrigued with the ideal and the reality of priestly life. Historically, priests represent a continuum of centuries, if not millennia. Other professions, or callings, are characterized by the ways in which they change with the times: the medical doctors of today would bedazzle their predecessors. The postmodern artists—well, they might perplex the masters of old. But priests are characterized most by those ways in which they have changed the least.

Father Michael McGivney seemed to meld these two seemingly disparate fascinations on our part. He was a priest—that historical constant—who lived in the midst of great change and even fomented some part of it. Intellectually, that is what drew us to learn more about Father McGivney, a compelling figure. Compassionate and lamblike by nature, he had to develop a tougher side, too, in order to fulfill his obligations as a priest. We were both delighted to find that he loved the sport of baseball his whole adult life. We couldn’t help but respect his unshakable faith in God. Although we are not theologians, we continued to delve into the life of Michael McGivney for the light it shed on his times and his calling. (To be continued)

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