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

Our Friend, Eddie

I have traveled to the Philippines on numerous occasions for the happy task of promoting Father McGivney in this country. Yet my trip to Visayas in November 2013 was for a more somber occasion – the burial of Past Visayas Deputy Eduardo G. Laczi, known to all as Eddie. For the previous few years, he had been the Supreme Knight’s Special Liaison to the Philippines, working at the Order’s headquarters in New Haven, Conn. He was there when liver cancer was discovered and he fought a brave battle for two years before succumbing on Oct. 27, 2013.

A Requiem Mass was offered at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, where the Knights of Columbus was founded and the earthly remains of Father McGivney are interred. Eddie’s wonderful wife, Fatima, was there along with his three children and his nieces who live in the United States. Numerous employees from the home office attended the Mass to bid final farewell to “our friend, Eddie.”

I was fortunate to travel to his hometown of Iloilo, Visayas, where his body was transported just a few days after super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged a large swath of the central Philippines. The City of Iloilo was largely unharmed, though the storm had passed only about 50 miles to the north.

At the wake service in his home parish, it was clear that Eddie was loved by many long before he came to New Haven. He was a media professional with a show that highlighted the plight of the poor, the sick and the suffering, and matched them with donors who would help. Many people came from the city and the provinces with stories of how this generous man had touched their hearts and changed their lives. His simple charity, based on the Gospel and the first principle of the Knights of Columbus, had an impact on both sides of the Pacific, bridging cultures and countries.

At the wake, I was asked to add a few words on behalf of the Supreme Council. I said how I was blessed to visit Eddie in hospice only a few hours before he died. I told them how he loved the Knights and was totally devoted to Father McGivney. I recounted how the secretaries at the home office visited him in
the hospital because he was such a kind and friendly presence. I explained how Eddie’s doctor, a Jewish woman, came to the wake in New Haven to pay her respects and said that he lived much longer than medical science had predicted. It was because of his strong faith and positive attitude, she said.

The next day, the Funeral Mass was offered in the cathedral by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo. It was very fitting that the Mayor of Iloilo, who attended the funeral, declared Nov. 16 each year as “Eddie Laczi Day.”

Our good friend is missed, but he will be remembered.

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