Fr. Michael McGivney became Blessed Michael McGivney in ceremonies today at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut.  The mass for beatification was presided by Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark.

Fr. McGivney, a priest in the St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, founded the Knights of Columbus 138 years ago to enable Catholic men to support one another and their families with spiritual and temporal needs. On May 27, 2020, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to Fr. McGivney’s intercession, qualifying Fr. McGivney for beatification.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, “For members of the Knights of Columbus and many others, the news of the beatification is a time of great joy and celebration. Father McGivney ministered to those on the margins of society in the 19th century, and his example has inspired millions of Knights to follow his example in their own parishes and communities.”

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