I've been meaning to talk briefly about Fathers for Good, an initiative for men by the Knights of Columbus, for some time now.
The site features tons of information for Catholic Fathers, who need all the help they can get raising good catholic children. I recently watched a great video titled Our Troubled Times by Psychiatrist Richard Fitzgibbons. He talks about men and their emotions and how to handle today's troubles in society. It's well worth watching (especially the part on manly virtues) and you can watch it here.
Also on the site is a section called Model Fathers, which features great information on two of my favorite saints and one of my favorite "saints" - St. Joseph, St. Thomas More, and Venerable Servant of God Father Michael McGivney (In March 2008, Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Father McGivney, a parish priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford and found of the Knights of the Columbus, who died in 1890 at the age of 38).
I am a member of the Knights of Columbus and love the work they are doing to help Catholic Families. Every day I see more and more the battle ahead that we have to raise our children and it's good to know that we are not alone physically or spiritually. St. Joseph, St. Thomas More, and Venerable Father McGivney - Pray for Us!
Pope 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