Father Michael McGivney’s Cause for Canonization Advances
The cause for sainthood for Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in Connecticut who founded the Knights of Columbus, has taken another official step forward. At the fraternal organization’s 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio earlier this month, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson reported “there is good news concerning Father McGivney’s cause. A possible miracle attributed to his intercession is now under investigation in Rome.”
If the miracle is approved, Father McGivney would be beatified and receive the title of “Blessed. “If he were beatified now, he would be the first United States-born parish priest to be beatified,” noted Brian Caulfield, the vice postulator for Father McGivney’s cause for canonization.
Explaining the process for this new step, Caulfield said, “We were investigating at the diocesan level, and that investigation has been completed. All the documentation was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican in March.” He noted that there were no initial objections to the documentation, and the Vatican congregation is moving forward with its role. “It is now in the early stages of investigation there,” Caulfield said. “The Vatican is now gathering a medical commission to study the possible miracle and determine if it is beyond medical explanation.”
If the commission approves, “then it goes to a theological commission, which will decide whether to send a recommendation to the Holy Father for approval,” Caulfield said. “Then this would be the miracle for the declaration for the beatification.” At the Vatican, the steps for Father McGivney’s cause are being handled by the postulator, Andrea Ambrosi. He works closely with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and has completed many causes brought from more than 40 countries. Along with serving as postulator for Father McGivney’s cause, Ambrosi is postulator for several more candidates’ causes, including Blessed Pope John XXIII, Blessed John Henry Newman, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Fathers Augustus Tolton, Emil Kapaun and Patrick Peyton, each designated a “Servant of God.” In December 2011, Caulfield was appointed vice postulator to succeed Dominican Father Gabriel O’Donnell, the initial vice postulator when Father McGivney’s cause officially opened in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., in 1997. Father O’Donnell, now an administrator at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, remains director of the Father McGivney Guild, the official source of information on his life and cause for canonization.
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