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Healing Through Our Founder’s Intercession; Blessed Michael Joseph McGivney Joseph McGivney faced a future of acute psychosis brought on by alcohol abuse. He believes the intercession of his relative…More
Healing Through Our Founder’s Intercession; Blessed Michael Joseph McGivney
Joseph McGivney faced a future of acute psychosis brought on by alcohol abuse. He believes the intercession of his relative, Blessed Michael McGivney, brought him back to health — and faith. Read Columbia interview here: https://www.kofc.org/en/news-room/col... Become a Knight today: http://kofc.org/join

Blessed Michael Joseph McGivney
Memorial
13 August (chosen as the date between his birth date and death date)
Profile
Son of Irish immigrants. Studied at the Saint-Hyacinthe’s Seminary in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada beginning in 1868; finished his studies at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1873. Before he could be ordained, however, his father died, and Michael returned home to support the family. Ordained on 22 December 1877 by Archbishop Joseph Gibbons at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Assistant pastor at Saint Mary’s Church, New Haven, archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. With a small group of parishioners, he founded the Knights of Columbus on 2 February 1882; today the organization has nearly two million members and contributes tens of millions of dollars to charity each year.
Born
12 August 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut
Died
14 August 1890 at Thomaston, Connecticut of pneumonia, possibly related to tuberculosis
re-interred in Saint Mary’s Church, New Haven Connecticut in 1982
Venerated
15 March 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI (decree of heroic virtues)
Beatified
31 October 2020 by Pope Francis
the beatification recognition was celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut, Cardinal Joseph Tobin chief celebrant
the beatification miracle involved the in-utero healing of a baby who’s fluid retention was causing swelling that would have damaged his heart