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Feast of Blessed
Michael McGivney

Saint Mary's Celebration 2022 celebrates the unique, long-standing, and multifaceted spiritual heritage of Blessed Michael J. McGivney. This year, we are celebrating the second feast day of our beatified parish priest and founder of the Knights of Columbus, Blessed Michael McGivney.

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“In the Footsteps of Blessed Michael McGivney”

Saturday, August 13, 2022

11:30am to 6:30pm


In celebration of Feast of Blessed Michael McGivney, explore significant sites in Waterbury and Thomaston on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Bus will depart from Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center in New Haven. Bus will return to the McGivney Pilgrimage Center at the conclusion of the tour.


In addition to the free bus tour, free parking will be available to registrants at the McGivney Pilgrimage Center.


Space is limited, so register today at


A new priest with big ideas

Every Mass, every public rosary, every adoration, every confession at St. Mary's happens over a place of special importance for laity of the Catholic Church, in the United States and beyond: the place where Father Michael McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus. 

Serving as an assistant for about six years at St. Mary's before being entrusted with a parish of his own, he certainly fulfilled the ordinary duties of a parish priest well with great virtue. He changed our parish through events, personal visits, involvement in groups, and organization of social events. 

Most importantly, he changed the way the laity saw their vocation, and fulfilled it. In founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882, he was considered "bold" for holding the laity - especially laymen - to a high standard of fidelity to the Catholic Faith. Contrary to clericalism, he believed in the ability of laity to make a difference, in their families, in the Church, and in society. 

Our parish was not only the testing grounds for his ideas. It has grown over many decades to be shaped by his high-standards for the laity spiritually, and his spiritual trust that lay men, lay women, and families can be saints. 


The effect of the Society of the Knights of Columbus has since that become extraordinary; the Catholic layman has been brought to realize the preciousness of his birthright as a son of the Church...


Fr. Joseph G. Daley, O.P. 1900,

The Personality of Father McGivney


Resources for Families

Parish Priest, by Julie Fenster and Douglas Brinkley 

"The Personality of Father Michael McGivney", by Father Daley (1900) 

Video of the beatification of Blessed Michael McGivney, Oct 2020


Other Resources: 

Article on the miracle which led to Fr. McGivney's beatification - the healing of an unborn child from a fatal complication

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