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Beatification of Father Michael J. McGivney


Dear Brother Knight,

It is with particular joy that I write to share with you the news that, at Noon today in Rome, the Vatican announced the formal recognition of a miracle attributed to our founder, Venerable Father Michael McGivney.

With this announcement, a Mass of Beatification will soon be scheduled.

This joyful news is the culmination of many years of determined effort, and I ask for your continued and increased prayers as we prepare for the day when our founder will be known as “Blessed Michael McGivney.”

The Vatican announcement can be found below:

Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On May 26, 2020, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:

[…] the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Michael McGivney, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Order of the Knights of Columbus; born on August 12, 1852 in Waterbury (United States of America) and died in Thomaston (United States of America) on August 14, 1890; Venerable Michael McGivney was the founder of the Knights of Columbus, now the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization. After studies in Canada and the United States, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop James Gibbons in Baltimore. He founded the Knights of Columbus as a mutual aid society, geared especially to working men and their families. He was known for his tireless work among his parishioners. He died at the early age of 38 from pneumonia.

I would ask each brother Knight to learn more about our founder at the newly updated Father McGivney Guild website where the Order will also regularly post news and updates related to the beatification.

And if you would like to learn even more about our founder’s heroic life and continuing legacy, please consider reading Father McGivney’s biography, Parish Priest, and the newly-released book The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History.

Sincerely,

Carl A. Anderson

Supreme Knight


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Until the Pandemic is over, Father Brian will be leading us in the Rosary every Thursday Night at 7:00 PM from his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/brian.e.mcweeney

Please join him and your brother Knights.

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ONLINE EXEMPLIFICATION


Dear Brother Knights:


During this challenging time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you and I can both be proud of the tremendous work of Knights of Columbus in reaching out in service to Leave No Neighbor Behind. It is in such times of trial when the greatness of our Order shines most brightly, and Father Michael McGivney’s vision is brought to fulfillment.

The Order’s strength, which enables it to respond so well in times of need, is derived from its membership of more than 2 million men, dedicated to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. And while the coronavirus has presented new challenges to membership recruitment, it has also accelerated and made possible new avenues for men to join our ranks, including the online exemplifications that are hosted by the Supreme Council each week.

I want to personally encourage you to make use of these online exemplifications, which are an important tool to help councils to grow and finish the fraternal year stronger than ever. The Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity is also a wonderful opportunity for First and Second Degree members to advance to the Third Degree. Detailed procedures and the schedule of upcoming online exemplifications are listed below.

Thank you for your efforts to ensure that our Order continues to grow and thrive. May Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Venerable Servant of God Father Michael McGivney guide our efforts and keep us and our loved ones safe.

Fraternally,

Carl A. Anderson

Supreme Knight

ONLINE EXEMPLIFICATION PROCEDURES

  • Councils should forward this downloadable PDF invitation to all eligible prospects for admission and advancement (click here for English, Spanish,)
Instruct the candidates to register for the exemplification of their choice by clicking on its associated link within the PDF invitation and filling out the online form. Note that they will need your council number to complete the registration. Current ceremonies are:

Week of May 24, 2020

English

Thursday, May 28 - 7:00 PM EDT

                                                          Thursday, May 28 - 10:00 PM EDT 


Week of May 31, 2020

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Mass in honor of all our Essential Workers

Brothers:  

During this time of pandemic, we recognize that there are members of our community who must continue working in high-risk environments, in order to provide for our communities’ essential needs.

We think of medical professionals, public safety officials, grocery store employees, postal workers and so many others. Each and everyone of these individuals deserves our thanks, our appreciation. Many of them are brother Knights, sister Columbiettes, family members, fellow parishioners and neighbors. It is in this spirit of "being thankful for your service" that I am asking each and every council in the Hudson Valley to discuss with their local pastors about hosting a mass in honor of all our Essential Workers. ​​​​​​My goal is to have masses said in honor of these Essential workers on Sunday, May 31st. Whether churches have been reopened, or masses are still being done virtual, my hope is that every parish in the Hudson Valley, serviced by one of are many councils, will be joining us in honoring these unappreciated men and women. I ask that our Grand Knights begin the process and contact their pastors. If your council will be participating, please contact me and let me know. Join me in praying for the health of those who risk so much so some sense of normalcy exists for us all! 

Vivat Jesus 

Andrew Giacomazza
Hudson Valley Chapter President 

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