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

News Clips

Beatification for Knights of Columbus founder Father Michael J. McGivney | posted on Tempo, May 20th 2012

Manila, Philippines – Pope Benedict XVI approved on March 15, 2008, a decree recognizing the virtue of Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, bestowing on him the tile “Venerable Servant of God“ and advancing the process toward sainthood. The cause for his canonization was opened by Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin in 1997. It was presented to the Vatican in 2000 where it has been under review and two miracles attributed to his intercession being investigated by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Born on August 12, 1852, in Waterbury, Connecticut, Father McGivney was the son of Irish immigrants to the United States of America. He studied at Waterbury district schools and entered Seminaire de Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec, Canada, in 1868. He studied at Our Lady of Angels Seminary in New York in 1871-72 and St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland in 1873. He was ordained a priest on December 22, 1877.

He worked with youth, offering catechism classes and organizing a total abstinence society dedicated to fighting alcoholism. He began to set up Catholic fraternal benefit societies to support poor families in 1881. While an assistant pastor at Saint Mary’s Church in Connecticut, he founded the Knights of Columbus (KC) on March 29, 1882. For his vision and concern for families and youth, he was called “Apostle to the Young,“ “Protector of Christian Family Life,“ “Man of Pastoral Action,“ and “Servant of Charity.“ The KC has grown to over 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils worldwide. It is today the world’s largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organization.

In honor of Father McGivney, the York Catholic District School Board in Ontario, Canada founded a school named after him in 1989. The Catholic University of America renamed a building on their campus McGivney Hall. In the Philippines, his monument can be found at Parish of St. James the Apostle patio in Plaridel, Bulacan. His biography, Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism, was published in 2006.

Let us heed the calls of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and Knights of Columbus in the Philippines for prayers for the beatification of the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney. May his vision, virtue, faith, and a spiritual life dedicated to the service of God and humanity serve as inspiration for all of us.

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Cause of Knights of Columbus founder now underway | by Ronalyn Regino and Yen Ocampo from CBCP News, posted on Manila Times, May 13th 2012

The Cause for the Canonization of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus Orderwide, was officially launched in the country during the 9th National Convention of the Brother Knights.
The promotion of the Cause includes the establishment of Father McGivney Oratory and Monumental Cupola for his statue located outside the headquarters of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines Inc. (KCFAPI) in Intramuros, Manila; the construction of Father McGivney Multimedia Studio at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Media Office; the three pilgrim statues of Father McGivney sent to Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao K of C Jurisdictions; the launching of the Father McGivney Philippine Edition website (www.fathermcgivney.ph); and the dissemination of print materials such as flyers, posters, and prayer cards which has been translated into five major Filipino dialects: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Ilonggo and Bicolano.

The K of C Supreme Office arrived in the country earlier this year as they chose the Philippines—Asia’s leading Christian country—as the place to start promoting the Cause, and to urge the Filipino members of the Order to pray for God’s miracle through the intercession of Father McGivney.

“America doesn’t have a strong devotion to the saints unlike Filipinos, so we’re here in the Philippines for Fr. McGivney to be well known. We will work with radio stations, Brother Knights, parishes, Bishops, meeting with the territorial chaplains, among others,” said Brian Caulfield, the Vice Postulator of the Cause and a Communication Specialist from Supreme Office.

The Supreme Office has founded a local institution in the Philippines dubbed as Father Michael McGivney Office-Philippines which will lead the propagation of the Cause in the country. The office will attend and assist to the local promotions of the Cause of Father McGivney.

Father McGivney established the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary Parish in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882—the largest fraternal order for Catholic men and the right arm of the Church. He founded the organization in answer to the needs of the immigrant families at that time. He died on August 14, 1890 at the age of 38 from pneumonia.

The Vatican has recognized the vision of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism—including service to families and communities and the Church of Father McGivney as he was declared by Pope Benedict XVI as “Venerable Servant of God” on March 2008.

Father McGivney’s vision remains as relevant as ever in the changing circumstances of today’s Church and society, according to Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Dubbed as protector of the poor and defender of the widows and orphans, Fr. McGivney will be the first American-born priest to be declared a saint, if canonized.

At present, the K of C has almost two million members worldwide, 280,000 of which are Knights in the Philippines.

For more information, call the Father McGivney Office-Philippines at 994-3710; e-mail admin@fathermcgivney.ph.; or log on to www.fathermcgivney.ph.

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Knights of Columbus founder canonization pressed by Gerard Naval from Malaya Business Insight, May 7th 2012

AFTER pushing for the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is now working for the beatification of Knights of Columbus founder Venerable Father Michael McGivney.

CBCP Media Office director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio said the CBCP is asking the Catholic faithful to share their stories of a possible miracle by McGivney to help advance his beatification.

The website www.fathermcgivney.ph was recently launched so that those who experienced a miracle through the intercession of McGivney would be able to report them.

“We hope one of the entries there would warrant for a miracle that will catapult him so to speak to beatification,” said Quitorio, who is also the KC Assistant State Chaplain for Luzon.

Ordained by Cardinal James Gibbons in 1877 at the Baltimore Cathedral, McGivney was first assigned as curate of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut.

In 1884, he was made pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, Connecticut.

He became seriously ill with pneumonia and died in 1890 at an early age of 38.

But eight years before his death, he founded the Knights of Columbus, which now has 1.8 million members worldwide. In the Philippines, it has about 280,000 members.

The process for McGivney’s sainthood was opened by Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin of Hartford (US) in December 1997.

The cause was presented to the Vatican in 2000 where it has been under review by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of McGivney whose vision of charity, unity and fraternity including service to families, communities and the Church continues to inspire the Order that he founded.

The Papal declaration is a major step that significantly advances the process towards sainthood and gives McGivney the distinction of “Venerable Servant of God.”

With the Pope’s decree and the authentication of a miracle at McGivney’s intercession, the priest could be beatified. A second miracle will be required for his canonization.

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Miracle for Knights of Columbus | by Leslie Ann G. Aquino from Manila Bulletin, posted on Yahoo! PH News, May 6th 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The Knights of Columbus is in need of a miracle in the Philippines, the kind of miracle that will help advance the cause for the beatification of its founder Venerable Father Michael McGivney.

This is one of the reasons the website www.fathermcgivney.ph was launched Friday at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) building in Intramuros, Manila, so that those who experienced a ”miracle” through the intercession of McGivney would be able to report them.

”We hope one of the entries there would warrant for a miracle that will catapult him so to speak to beatification,” Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, K of C Assistant State Chaplain for Luzon, said in an interview.

In the website, one can read stories of people who claim they received blessings through the intercession of McGivney.

One such story reads: ”Few months ago, our officemate Dolores suffers from a very serious illness. She is confined in a hospital and for almost a week she is unconscious, she is almost dead. And the doctors did not know what kind of illness it was and they called it a viral infection. I read your website from a K of C magazine and I try to send a prayer intention for her and after a week, she woke up and now she reports back to the office. Thanks to Almighty God that He granted my wish through the help of Father McGivney.”

Quitorio, who is also the CBCP Media Director, said they are hoping McGivney can get his sainthood like Saint Marie Eugenie de Jesus Milleret, founder of the Religious of Assumption.

”(Saint Marie Eugenie de Jesus Milleret) became a saint because of a Filipino girl that was healed. With that in mind we are thinking that it’s also possible in this case,” he said.

He is urging all those who received a favor through Father McGivney to report it through the website or at favors@fathermcgivney.ph.

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Knights of Columbus push for founder to be a saint | by Jocelyn R. Uy from Inquirer.net, May 6th 2012

The Knights of Columbus, one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organizations, has set up a website in the Philippines to gather accounts of miracles or answered prayers attributed to its founder, Fr. Michael McGivney, in a bid to promote his beatification.

The online portal www.fathermcgivney.ph was launched Friday to allow Filipinos, among others, to post the favors they received through the intercession of  Fr. McGivney.

“We are hoping that one of the entries  would warrant a miracle that would catapult him to beatification,” said Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, a member of the Knights and media director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

In an interview with reporters, Quitorio said online visitors will be asked  their name and contact number and to give a little narrative of the favor they received.

Prayer cards are also available on the website, where users can also write their wishes and appeals through Fr. McGivney, said Quitorio.

So far, at least four accounts of answered preyers have been posted on the website.

One of them, from Iloilo City, said  that a colleague, who fell into a coma due to a viral infection, woke up a week after he sent a prayer intention through Fr. McGivney.

“I read your website from a Knights of Columbus magazine and I [tried] to send a prayer intention for her and after a week, she woke up and now she reports back to the office…Thanks to Almighty God that He granted my wish through the help of Fr. McGivney,” wrote the online visitor.

In his visit to Manila last month, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said it was highly possible that a miracle that would help advance their founder to beatification would come from the Philippines because of the Filipinos’ “faith and devotion.”

Aside from gathering accounts of miracles and answered favors, the online portal also provides information about Fr. McGivney, including his early life, priesthood and ministry.

McGivney, son of Irish immigrants to the United States, was ordained  a Catholic priest on Dec. 22, 1877. He founded the Knights of Columbus in March 29, 1882,  while  an assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven,  Connecticut. He died of pneumonia in 1890 at the age of 38.

Starting with a small group of parishioners in Connecticut, the organization now has over 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils—about 200 of which are on college campuses.  In the Philippines, membership has grown to over 260,000.

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Miracle for Knights of Columbus | by Leslie Ann G. Aquino from Mb.com.ph, May 6th 2012

MANILA, Philippines — The Knights of Columbus is in need of a miracle in the Philippines, the kind of miracle that will help advance the cause for the beatification of its founder Venerable Father Michael McGivney.

This is one of the reasons the website www.fathermcgivney.ph was launched Friday at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) building in Intramuros, Manila, so that those who experienced a “miracle” through the intercession of McGivney would be able to report them.

“We hope one of the entries there would warrant for a miracle that will catapult him so to speak to beatification,” Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, K of C Assistant State Chaplain for Luzon, said in an interview.

In the website, one can read stories of people who claim they received blessings through the intercession of McGivney.

One such story reads: “Few months ago, our officemate Dolores suffers from a very serious illness. She is confined in a hospital and for almost a week she is unconscious, she is almost dead. And the doctors did not know what kind of illness it was and they called it a viral infection. I read your website from a K of C magazine and I try to send a prayer intention for her and after a week, she woke up and now she reports back to the office. Thanks to Almighty God that He granted my wish through the help of Father McGivney.”

Quitorio, who is also the CBCP Media Director, said they are hoping McGivney can get his sainthood like Saint Marie Eugenie de Jesus Milleret, founder of the Religious of Assumption.

“(Saint Marie Eugenie de Jesus Milleret) became a saint because of a Filipino girl that was healed. With that in mind we are thinking that it’s also possible in this case,” he said.

He is urging all those who received a favor through Father McGivney to report it through the website or at favors@fathermcgivney.ph.

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