November 29, 2014

News:

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

Seminarians participate in Catechetical Tour -

Thursday, March 20, 2014

PREX visits Fr. McGivney Oratory and Cupola -

Monday, January 20, 2014

YouthPinoy! visits Fr. McGivney Oratory and Cupola -

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Address of Pope Francis to the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus -

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Knights of Columbus visit Pope Francis -

Monday, October 14, 2013

Another statue of Fr. McGivney unveiled -

Monday, September 16, 2013

KCFAPI commemorates the death anniversary of Venerable McGivney -

Monday, September 16, 2013

Father McGivney Community Outreach Program Held in Ilocos -

Friday, September 6, 2013

Father McGivney’s Vision -

Friday, August 2, 2013

Father McGivney Pilgrimage Begins in Mindanao -

Monday, June 3, 2013

Second Venerable Fr. McGivney statue inside a Church compound unveiled in Iloilo -

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pope Francis could renew Catholicism in Americas, says Knights’ chief -

Monday, March 18, 2013

Knights of Columbus launch Twitter prayer campaign for Pope -

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Early Years

Fr. Michael McGivney was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on August 12, 1852. His parents, Patrick and Mary (Lynch) McGivney, had arrived in the great 19th century wave of Irish immigration. Patrick McGivney became a molder in the heat and noxious fumes of a Waterbury brass mill. Mary McGivney gave birth to 13 children, six of whom died in infancy or childhood. So the first child, Michael, with four living sisters and two brothers, learned early about sorrow and the harsh grip of poverty. He also learned about the powers of love and faith, and family fortitude.

He went to the small district schools of Waterbury’s working-class neighborhoods. A good child, he was admired by his school principal for “excellent deportment and proficiency in his studies.” Then, after the Civil War, when Connecticut’s metals industry was booming, he left school at age 13 to go to work. His job in the spoon-making department of a brass factory provided a few more dollars for family survival.

When Michael reached the age of 16 in 1868, he left the factory. With the priesthood clearly in mind, he traveled with his Waterbury pastor to Quebec, Canada. There he registered at the French-run College of St. Hyacinthe. He worked hard on subjects which would prepare him to apply for seminary admission.

Two academic years followed at Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Niagara Falls, New York. Young McGivney moved next to Montreal to attend seminary classes at the Jesuit-run St. Mary’s College.

He was there when his father died in June of 1873.

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