FATHER MICHAEL J. MCGIVNEY GUILD

 

Father Michael J. McGivney Guild

 

Father McGivney was a very selfless Shepherd, always attentive to his flock. Whether it was listening to a family’s hopes and aspirations for education or job security or whether it was listening to stories of disappointment or betrayal in love, he heard and advised them to the best of his ability. And those who came to him burdened with fear and guilt. He encouraged them with his thoughtful and spiritual advice.


Just ten months after his Ordination, Father McGivney expressed the toll of such a heavy work load in a letter to a former seminary professor “I have not had time for one day’s vacation since I left St. Mary’s and was obliged to be at my post alone” while Father Murphy (the Parish Priest was away). So pardon me the delay.
His Spirituality flowed from his priestly identity and the primary work of bringing Christ to his people in the Sacraments. His example of being ever-ready to listen, advise and console, stirred the idealism and generosity of his young parishioners to imitate his virtue in their own lives and in their proper vocation.


While always considered a man of exemplary virtue, Father McGivney was still always approachable. He was loved by his people, particularly his young parishioners, whose souls he so carefully nurtured and formed. Add to the mix his other activities such as visiting the sick, instructing the children in Catechism and the tremendous task of founding the Knights of Columbus, and one can well understand why he had little stamina to fight off the tuberculosis which finally carried him off from this world in 1890.


All in all, Father McGivney accomplished an extra-ordinary amount in his short 38 years and was an admirable and hard working pastor of souls. I invite all Knights of Columbus members to join the Guild on-line at http:www.fathermcgivney.org/mcg/en/contact/register.html and also say the Prayer for his canonization which is also located at the same web-site at the bottom of the page.


Jim Stoffel
Father McGivney Guild Director

 
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