Fr. McGivney given distinction "Venerable Servant of God"

Fr. McGivneyPope Benedict XVI has declared Knights of Columbus founder Father Michael J. McGivney a "Venerable Servant of God" and that moves him one step closer to sainthood.

Fr. McGivney is a shining example for fathers, priests and entire families. He's been one of my favorites since I joined the Knights 4 years ago and I say a prayer for his canonization daily. He would be the first American born parish priest to be declared a saint, if he's canonzied.

"All of us who are members of the Knights of Columbus are profoundly grateful for this recognition of the holiness of our founder," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "The strength of the Knights of Columbus today is a testament to his timeless vision, his holiness and his ideals."

Worried about the religious faith and financial stability of immigrant families, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus with the help of several men of St. Mary's Parish in New Haven in 1882 to help strengthen the faith of the men of his parish and to provide financial assistance in the event of their death to the widows and orphans they left behind. He was also known for his tireless work among his parishioners.

I 'm a proud member of the Fr. McGivney Guild and you can find lots of information about his life and how he started the Knights of Columbus.

Original Article: Vatican Approves Decree of 'Heroic Virtue' at Knights of Columbus

Another Article: A Step On Way To Being A Saint at The Hartford Courant