CNA Staff, Jul 24, 2020 / 12:08 pm
Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternal organization, will be beatified on October 31, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced this week.
The congregation made the announcement on its website and Twitter page July 20.
A causa del protrarsi della situazione di #emergenza sono state rinviate le #Beatificazioni di Benigna #Cardoso da Silva, prevista per il 21 ottobre e di Giuseppe #Ambrosoli, prevista per il 22 novembre. Scelta la data del 31 ottobre per la Beatificazione di p. Michael #McGivney pic.twitter.com/pSHWcdxErQ— Congregazione delle Cause dei Santi (@CauseSanti) July 20, 2020
A miracle credited to the intercession of McGivney was approved by the Vatican and announced by Pope Francis on May 27. A child who was diagnosed as terminally ill in the womb was miraculously healed following prayers for the intercession of Fr. McGivney.
The priest’s beatification Mass is expected to be celebrated in his native Connecticut.
McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut, 1882. Initially, the organization was intended to assist widows and their families upon the deaths of their husbands. It has grown into a worldwide Catholic fraternal order, with more than 2 million members carrying out works of charity and evangelization across the globe. The Knights also offer life insurance policies to their members.
In 2018, the Knights’ 16,000 councils worldwide donated more than $185 million to charity and gave over 76 million hours of hands-on service in 2018, worth over $1.9 billion according to a valuation of volunteer work by the Independent Sector. Their volunteer work included support for the Special Olympics, coat drives, and food drives for needy families.