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IWKnights Corner For November 29, 2020

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Official tapestry Image of Blessed (Fr.) Michael McGivney as it hangs behind the Altar of Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT. (Photo courtesy of Cathedral of Saint Joseph)

"HARTFORD, CONN. — Attendees at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, Conn., erupted in applause and church bells rang as Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, was officially declared 'blessed' at his beatification Mass held on Oct. 31.

In a decree from the Vatican that was read at the Mass, Pope Francis credited now-Blessed Michael McGivney for his 'zeal for the proclamation of the Gospel and generous concern for his brothers and sisters' that 'made him an outstanding witness of Christian solidarity and fraternal assistance.'

The Vatican decree was read by Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, the main celebrant of the Mass, with Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore — Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus — providing a translation.  Other dignitaries present included Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford, as well as Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and other Supreme Council officers.

The celebrations emphasized Blessed McGivney’s humility, his holy witness and his love for the parishioners he served, with his 'crowning achievement' being the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.

The beatification Mass follows five months after the May 27 announcement that Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father McGivney.  The miracle involved the healing of Michael 'Mikey' Schachle from fetal hydrops, which causes a fatal accumulation of fluids throughout the body of an unborn child.

The Schachle family, including Mikey, attended the beatification Mass and presented Cardinal Tobin with one of Blessed McGivney’s relic.  Members of the K of C founder’s remaining relatives also participated in the celebration.

Blessed McGivney was born of Irish immigrant parents in 1852 in Waterbury, Conn., and began his priestly ministry in 1887 after being ordained in Baltimore.  At a time of anti-Catholic sentiment, he worked tirelessly to offer practical solutions to immigrant Catholic communities in Connecticut.  In 1882, he founded the Knights of Columbus to provide spiritual support to men and offer financial resources for families that had suffered the loss of a breadwinner.  He died of pneumonia on Aug. 14, 1890, after falling ill amid a pneumonia pandemic.

The process for his possible canonization officially opened in 1997.  In March 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared Father McGivney 'a Venerable Servant of God', citing the 'remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest.'  Today’s beatification brings Father McGivney one step further in the canonization process, which could eventually lead to a declaration of Father McGivney’s sainthood."

The full article appeared on the KofC.org web site but was edited down to save space.  You can link to the full article, presented above, via one of the following sites.  Also, find more about the Knights of Columbus at IWKnights9981.com/bulletin or in facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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