Monday, March 15, 2010
Knights of Columbus
My little Black Book has March 15,2008 as the day Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, was declared "venerable" by Benedict XVI; he may be on the road to being beatified and canonized a saint. He was born in 1852 in Connecticut, the oldest of thirteen children. He wanted to be a priest but dropped out of the seminary when his father died in order to help support the family. He was able to return and was ordained in 1877 and named assistant pastor at St. Mary's parish in New Haven.
There was a small group of Catholic men who wanted to defend their Catholic faith as there was a strong anti-Catholic sentiment at the time. On October 2, 1881, Father McGivney brought them together and they opted for the name, "Knights of Columbus."
Father McGivney died in 1890 at the age of 38 but the Knights of Columbus have grown and are dedicated to defending family, country, and the Catholic faith.