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

The Cause of Venerable Michael J. McGivney

The process of “saint making,” more properly called the process for canonization, is normally long and complex.

In 1997, Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin of Hartford, Conn., opened Fr. McGivney’s cause for canonization. Dominican Fr. Gabriel B. O’Donnell was named the postulator, or promoter, of the cause.

Over the next three years, in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus and the archdiocese, Fr. O’Donnell and others compiled the historical record of Fr. McGivney’s life and works.

Some 700 pages of documentation—called “the acts”—were presented to Archbishop Cronin in March 2000. He attested to their authenticity and entrusted them to Fr. O’Donnell. That same month, Fr. O’Donnell conveyed the acts to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints soon attested that the Church’s norms had been successfully met in this initial diocesan phase of the process toward sainthood.

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints appointed a relator, or advocate, to work with Fr. O’Donnell in the writing of the positio, or extended argument, for Fr. McGivney’s canonization.

The positio is nearly 1,000 pages in two volumes, one Fr. McGivney’s biography, the other an essay on his spirituality. The volume on spirituality is organized around his life of virtue. The biography is based on text prepared for the cause by Christopher Kauffman, professor of American Church history at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and author of two books on the history of the Knights of Columbus.

The positio was presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in January 2002.

On June 30, 2000, the diocesan phase of the investigation into a reported miraculous cure attributed to Fr. McGivney’s intercession was completed. That report was also conveyed to the congregation, where it unrewent strict review. One miracle is required for beatification, at which time Fr. McGivney would be declared “Blessed.” Another miracle after that declaration is required for canonization or sainthood.

The important work of guiding the reported miracle through the process of approval by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints belongs to the postulator of the cause. Often, such a process requires additional information on medical terms and procedures from the locale where the reported miracle occurred.

The postulator should be present in Rome to be available to collaborate with the Congregation. In order to make this  possible, the Knights of Columbus, the chief sponsor of the cause of Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney, appointed a new postulator, Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, to handle the cause. Fr. Gabriel B. O’Donnell will become the vice-postulator in the United States.

On the eve of Palm Sunday, March 15, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. The papal declaration was a major step that significantly advances the process towards sainthood and gives Fr. Michael the distinction of being regarded as “Venerable Servant of God.

In December 2011, Brian Caulfield, a communications specialist in the executive office of the Supreme Knight, who holds a master degree in Theology was appointed as second Vice Postulator. His charge is to promote the Cause in the Philippines, where it is hoped that a miracle will come through the intercession of Fr. McGivney.


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