World News – CA – Beatification of Br Michael McGivney: example of post-pandemic parish renewal – Vatican News


Father Michael J McGivney is expected to be beatified at a special mass celebrated on Saturday by Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark

The celebration takes place at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, in the US state of Connecticut

Although the beatification occurs on American soil, Catholics around the world have reason to be grateful for the life and testimony of Fr. McGivney

He founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 in his parish in New Haven, Connecticut The fraternal charity now has more than two million members organized into some 16,000 locals around the world

In an interview with the Vatican News, Supreme Knight Sir Carl Anderson expressed Catholics’ gratitude to Pope Francis for acknowledging the Christian testimony of P McGivney

« I think this is precisely the type of event that is so important to happen in America today, » he said, adding that during the Fr McGivney’s day, the United States was missionary territory

« Fr McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus because he was very concerned that Catholics were leaving the faith Men would go to join secret societies, which in the United States were often anti-Catholic, and families were broken when the breadwinner – the father – died because of poverty « 

So he set up the association to provide brotherly support to men and financial aid to their families in the event of death, through life insurance policies This provided a lifeline for the working class and immigrant Catholics, who had weak support networks

In 19th century America, added M Anderson, anti-Catholic sentiment was very strong, so there was a risk that Catholics would withdraw from society and form ghettos

« But instead, Fr McGivney’s idea was, ‘No, we’re going to come into society We’re going to make a difference And we’re going to do it in terms of charity and unity, under the idea of fraternity  »

Mr. Anderson drew a parallel between the challenges the American Church faces today and then

“The crisis now,” he stressed, “is the lockdown of parishes, the reduced number of parishioners attending mass Religious services are drastically reduced When these restrictions are lifted we will have to bring people back « 

Getting Catholics back to Mass, he said, will probably prove a little difficult « We’re going to need a way to renew parish life »

Mr. Anderson said Fr McGivney has already charted a path, making every parish missionary, « evangelizing its parishioners, finding ways to keep its parishioners active in its parish. »

That is why, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, Fr McGivney’s idea of ​​ »the Christian and missionary witness of the ordinary believer is so important today »

Michael J McGivney, Knights of Columbus, Beatification, Connecticut, Catholic Church

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