Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney
Father Michael J. McGivney was ordained on December 22, 1877, and assigned to St. Mary’s Church. It was here in 1882 he founded the Knights of Columbus with the intention that this group would strengthen the faith of the men of the parish and care for the widows of members. Today, the Knights is the largest Catholic fraternal benefit society in the World. Father McGivney spent seven years at St. Mary’s, being assigned pastor of St. Thomas in Thomaston in 1884, where he died in 1890 at the age of 38. In 1982, his remains were reentombed at St. Mary’s Church. In 1997 Archbishop Daniel Cronin opened the cause for Father McGivney, and in April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared him Venerable.
Find out more about Fr. Michael J. McGivney at www.fathermcgivney.org.
Prayer for the Canonization of Father McGivney
God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will.
Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Fr. Michael J. McGivney's Resting Place
Plan a pilgrimage to visit the tomb of Venerable Fr Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus founder.
The parishioners of St. Mary’s Church, the Dominican Friars, and the Knights of Columbus welcome and encourage pilgrimages from the United States, Canada and beyond, that come to St. Mary’s to visit the birthplace of the Knights of Columbus, and the final resting place of the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.