For example, this upcoming Sunday is the 160th Anniversary of the birth of Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, who founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882. He was born on 12 August 1852, and baptized 19 August. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Hartford in 1877.
Thus, if you are in New York City this Sunday, my favorite KC Council, the Regina Coeli Council, #423, is sponsoring a Luncheon and Lecture about Fr. McGivney after the 10 AM Mass at the Church of the Holy Innocents (on 37th between Broadway and 7th Ave near Herald Square).
Fr. McGivney was only 38 when he died in 1890.
When I was did the course, or Studium, with the Congregation for Causes of Saints, one of the positiones I had to read was that of Fr. McGivney.
Although no American-born Catholic priest has yet been beatified or canonized. Fr. McGivney is one of four priests whose life of heroic virtues have been confirmed by decree and who are now called Venerable. The other three priestly Venerables are Nelson Baker (+1936), Solanus Casey (+1957) and, recently, Fulton Sheen (+1979). Three of these four were diocesan priests. It is possible that Fr. Baker (a late vocation) and Fr. McGivney may have even known each other: it seems that could have attended Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (today Niagara University) at the same time. Here’s a link to the Fr. McGivney Guild, if you are interested in learning more about Fr. McGivney or joining the Guild.
A miracle for his Beatification has been under investigation by the Vatican since 2000.
You may, by the way, notice Q&A on the Guild site discouraging prayer to Fr. McGivney. There is an explanation. As part of the process for a cause, it must be established that there is absolutely no public cult direct to the person of the Servant of God in question. Public cult can dreadfully complicate a cause. Therefore, prayer is directed to God the Father asking that a miracle be worked through the intercession of a Servant of God.
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