Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

On Dec. 18, 1997, a press conference was held announcing opening of cause for sainthood for Father Michael J. McGivney by the Hartford Archdiocese. Pictured are then-Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Cronin, then-Supreme Chaplain Bishop Thomas Daily and Dominican Father Gabriel O’Donnell.

“His life inspires and his vision still lives as the process toward sainthood continues for Father Michael J. McGivney.  In the 20 years since the cause for his canonization was opened, devotion to the founder of the Knights of Columbus has grown throughout the Order and spread widely among the Catholic faithful.

The humble parish priest, who founded the Knights with a handful of parishioners at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., was declared venerable by the Vatican in 2008.  His intercession is sought by priests and laypersons in all the challenges of life, and he still is known as a friend of the poor and neglected; an advocate for widows and orphans and those affected by divorce and family breakup; a supporter of Christian family life; a trustworthy guide to the young; a promoter of the Catholic faith; and above all, a champion of charity, the first principle of the Knights of Columbus.

The canonization cause was opened on Dec. 18, 1997, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, then under Archbishop Daniel Cronin, with the Knights of Columbus serving as the “actor” or prime supporter.  Dominican Father Gabriel O’Donnell, the first postulator in charge of the cause, set out to compile the positio, a deeply researched and carefully footnoted document drawing upon all historical evidence attesting to Father McGivney’s holiness and virtue.  After review and approval at the archdiocesan level, the positio was sent to the Vatican and on March 15, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared Father McGivney a “Venerable Servant of God,” recognizing that he exercised the theological and cardinal virtues ‘to a heroic degree.’”

A link to the entire KofC.org article can be found at the following addresses: www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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