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 Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney

Father Michael J. McGivney, a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, was named a “Venerable Servant of God” in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.

A Connecticut native, Father McGivney was born in 1852 in Waterbury. His first assignment after priestly ordination was to St. Mary Church in New Haven where he served Irish immigrants. In working with many lay people, he envisioned a men’s fraternal organization to assist the spiritual and financial needs of families. With the approval of the bishop, he inaugurated a small benefit society named the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Over 130 years later, the Knights of Columbus has grown into a world-wide Catholic organization serving the needs of the Church. The world headquarters remains in New Haven.

With joy and pride, the Archdiocese of Hartford invites all people to join in prayer for the canonization of one of our own, a faithful priest who died of an illness at the early age of 39 years, having served the needs of the archdiocese and having founded one of the largest Catholic lay organizations in the world.

mmcgivney02The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild

For more information about Venerable Father McGivney, his life and mission, and the cause for his canonization, visit  The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild website.

As described on the website, The Guild serves as a source for information about the life, works and spirituality of Father McGivney. The Guild distributes informational materials about him, receives reports of favors granted through his intercession and oversees the distribution of relics. Guild members receive regular updates on the progress of Father McGivney’s cause for canonization and are invited to participate in promoting devotion to this Servant of God.