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About Fr. McGivney

Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a group of men at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization, the goal of which would be to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies whose membership was antithetical to Church teaching, to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members.   In February of 1882 this group of men became the Knights of Columbus and assumed corporate status on March 29th of the same year.

Today, we honor our Founder, the Venerable Servant of God, Fr. Michael J. McGivney and pray that he be raised to the honors of the altar.  We encourage all Knights to join us in this prayer:

Prayer for the Canonization of Fr. Michael J. 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.)

History of the Life of Fr. McGivney

Prayer Intentions

Requested Prayers:

  • For a return to health and speedy recovery of our Past Faithful Navigator SK Anthony I Colbert, PSD, FDD, PGK, PFN, FS
  • For the District Membership Director, SK Tom Firestone and his speedy recovery and return home.
  • For the continued recovery of Deacon Rick Fisher of O’Boyle Assembly.
  • For the continued recovery of Fr. Callan from his recent liver transplant surgery.
  • For the citizens of and the American soldiers, sailors, and Marines stationed in Korea and Guam.
  • For all the victims involved in the recent shootings in Las Vegas, Texas, and California. For the repose of the souls of all those who perished in these tragedies, and for the recovery of those victims who are still receiving care. May Christ our Lord grant them all peace.

Assembly Intentions:

  • For His Holiness, Pope Francis, that God may protect him from his enemies and grant him the courage and wisdom to guide the Church in these turbulent times.
  • Standing in Solidarity with His Holiness, Pope Francis, for the sick, distressed, and impoverished throughout the world and recommitting ourselves to serving those in need wherever we are present.
  • That the Holy Spirit enlighten elected officials to adopt laws, and judges to make judicial decisions that affirm the family and the authentic nature of marriage.
  • For the mission success and the safe return of all military personnel, especially those deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and other combat zones throughout the world.
  • For those men and women who have served, especially those who suffered serious combat injuries, and we pray for the souls of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the service of their country.
  • For Saint John Paul II’s intercession, in praying with him for the Church as well as for the good of our society and for the family.
  • For the Canonization of our founder, the Venerable Servant of God Rev. Fr. Michael J. McGivney.
  • For Catholic Military Chaplains and for an increase in vocations to the Catholic military chaplaincy.

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"Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life."

-Supreme Knight Carl Anderson



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