Ven. Father Michael J. McGivney
Born: Aug. 12, 1852
Ordained: Dec. 22, 1877
Founded the Knights of Columbus: March 29, 1882
Died: Aug. 14, 1890
Declared Venerable: March 15, 2008
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ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori paid tribute Aug. 3 to deceased members of the Knights of Columbus for their lives and example of charity and also recalled the founder of the fraternal order, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, for his life of devotion and service.
The archbishop was the main celebrant and homilist of the Aug. 3 memorial Mass on the final day of the 135th annual international convention of the Knights of Columbus held in St. Louis.
“With joy and thanksgiving, we remember the life and example of the saints and indeed all the holy ones who were members of the (fraternal) order or friends of the order,” said the archbishop, who is supreme chaplain of the Knights.
He noted the closeness St. John Paul II felt to the Knights during his pontificate and also recalled the Knights of Columbus among the priests and their companions martyred during the Mexican Cristero Rebellion 1926-29. Most of the martyrs were priests executed for carrying out their ministry despite the suppression they experienced under Mexico’s anti-clerical laws.
“Just as they offered the sacrifice of Christ daily on the altar, so too they reproduced in their own lives…
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