December 13, 2017

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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

Parish Priest -

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Remembering Father McGivney 127 years later

MORE than a hundred years ago, a priest who would translate faith into action was born.
The Knights of Columbus founder Father Michael McGivney was born on August 12, 1852 to Irish immigrants Patrick and Mary McGivney in Waterbury, Connecticut in a community that was dominantly Protestant and anti-Catholic.

The eldest child, Michael experienced pain and hardship at a young age after six of his 12 siblings died in infancy and he was forced to work at a brass factory to help with his family’s finances.

Interestingly, it was from his situation of poverty where he answered the call to enter the seminary. But the death of Michael’s father in 1873 caused him to stop attending seminary classes at St. Mary’s College in Montreal and return to Waterbury to help his mother raise his siblings.

Against all odds, he pursued his seminary studies and in time he was ordained a priest on December 22, 1877. It was while serving as an assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, when Michael saw the urgency of helping migrant families that were wallowing in penury.

Recognizing the needs of Catholic immigrant families facing discrimination in Connecticut and to further assist families that commonly experience the loss of a wage-earner at an early age due to various diseases, McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus that would oganize fathers to secure their families.

In the eight years since McGivney founded the Order in 1882, a total of 57 councils were established. Today, this has became the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide.

The virtues of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism instilled by Father Michael among the initial members of the Order lives on through the phonomenal growth of the organization and through the charitable works of the 135-year-old Catholic fraternal order. The Knights of Columbus has contributed millions of dollars to charity and over several million hours to humanitarian service.

When Michael died on August 14, 1890 at the young age of 38, he had one of the largest funerals in the history of Waterbury, attended by the bishop of Hartford, over 70 Connecticut priests, delegations from the 57 K of C councils, civic leaders, and others.
In 1997, Father Michael McGivney’s cause was opened with Dominican Father Gabriel B. O’Donnell as postulator.

“Father McGivney has always been looked upon as a holy man,” O’Donnell told the New York Times in 1998.

Because of the virtues he exemplified in his ministry and life with the youth and poor families, McGivney was reputed as an ‘apostle to the young’ and the ‘protector of Christian family life’.

Despite his brief 13 years of priesthood, McGivney’s heroic virtue was recognized in 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI declared him ‘Venerable’ after reviewing the official documentation on his life.

A miracle that would make McGivney’s beatification has yet to happen. For an occurence to be considered and approved as miraculous, it must have surpassed the laws of nature through God’s grace.

127 years have passed since McGivney’s death and yet he remains relevant to today’s society in addressing contemporary issues of poverty, among others.
The Knights of Columbus encourages the celebration of McGivney’s anniversaries through meaningful activities to coincide with his birthday on August 12 and death anniversary on August 14. (Julia Ocaya, CBCPNews intern)

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