FATHER MICHAEL J. MCGIVNEY GUILD

 

Father Michael J. McGivney Guild


August 12, 2018 is the 166th anniversary of the birth of Father McGivney.

 

August 14, 2018 is the 128th anniversary of the death of Father McGivney.

 

As a parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney developed a spirituality suited to the hard lives and open hearts of his parishioners. The eldest of 13 children of Irish immigrant parents, Father McGivney had a practical, workaday attitude. Confident that a religious vocation need not separate him from others, he resolved to serve God amid the cities and factory towns of Connecticut.

 

Following ordination in 1877, Father McGivney was assigned to St. Mary's Church in New Haven. There he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882, in part to keep Catholic men from joining secret societies and to provide for their families in the event of the breadwinner's death.

 

Whether serving in the shadows of Yale University or in the heart of a working-class community, Father McGivney exhibited the same simple spirituality coupled with an innovation vision that sought hands-on collaboration with laypeople, who knew his love for them and returned it in full.

 

Worn down while tending to a large flock, paying down a parish debt, and venturing into unsanitary conditions to minister to the ill and dying, Father McGivney eventually contracted the flu, which soon turned into pneumonia. He died peacefully on Aguust 14, 1890, two days after his 38th birthday.

 

For 128 years since his death, Knights have expressed their appreciation for Venerable Michael McGivney's life and legacy, inspired by his practice of humility and charity, and by his pastoral efforts that have changed millions of lives for the better. To this day, a growing number of people across the world pray for the cause of Father McGivney's canonization and seek his intercession.

 

This devotion is clearly embodied by the Father McGivney Guild, which promotes his canonization, publicizes facts on his life and legacy, and documents favors received through his intercession.

 

Membership in the Guild is free and open to all individuals and households, but not groups. Members of the Knights of Columbus are not automatically Guild members and must elect to join the Guild. All members can join online at this address: http://www.fathermcgivney.org/mcg/en/contact/register.html 

 

Vivat Jesus
Jim Stoffel
Father McGivney Guild Director

 
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