Skip to comments.The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest
Posted on 06/29/2014 2:04:15 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Italian edition of a book about the life of Father Michael McGivney tells the story of his extraordinary life as a parish priest, the inspiration that led him to found the Knights of Columbus, and the chronicle of his ongoing canonization process.
In reading this book, it will be clear that Father McGivney isn't only a model for American priests, but for all priests as well, Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, stressed at a June 25 presentation in Rome.
The Italian edition of Parish Priest, by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster, has been published by Vatican Publishing House.
The book provides a portrait of the situation of the American Catholicism in the mid-nineteenth century.
In that period, the United States was still considered a land of mission. The dioceses were few in number and the bishops were under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Propagation for the Faith, which supervised missionary lands.
The Catholic community was a minority in New Haven, Conn., where Fr. McGivney served as a parish priest. American Catholics at the time were building the social structures that would later cause them to become one of the most important Catholic communities in the world.
Waves of Irish immigrants swelled the Catholic population in northeastern cities like New Haven, and waves of anti-Catholic sentiment greeted them, said Kevin Coyne, professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, who is currently writing a book on the history of the Knights of Columbus.
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Our Council just held the state convention! They were telling me that everyone voted unanimously for them to hold it again next year. They must have done a bang-up jog!
Amazing how, the faster the Church self-demolishes, the faster and furiouser the canonizations come.
Just once could you say something good about the Catholic Church.
“In service to One,
In service to all”
New Haven, Conn., Jun 13, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus set new records in donations and volunteer hours in 2013, continuing its long-standing service programs and responding to several natural disasters.
Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian disaster, the outpouring of charity by our members produces meaningful results, especially by helping to bring peace of mind to those who find themselves in incredibly difficult situations, Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson said June 12.
The order gave more than $170 million in donations and its members worked more than 70.5 million volunteer hours last year, the Knights of Columbus said, citing its annual survey.
Charity has been at the heart of the Knights mission for the past 132 years, Anderson said.
He noted the Knights of Columbus response to the two enormous natural disasters in the Philippines: the October 2013 Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.
The order provided aid in the aftermath of tornadoes in Oklahoma, floods in Canadas Alberta province, and the factory explosion in the small Texas town of West. It also provided assistance to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The year also saw the Knights continue their support for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, and for the people of Newtown, Connecticut, as they recovered from the school shooting that took the lives of 26 residents, most of whom were young children, Anderson said.
The organizations regular initiatives include support for the intellectually disabled, programs to provide food and winter coats to poor families, and blood drives. It helps support Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and the American Wheelchair Mission.
The orders reported volunteer hours increased by more than 421,000 over its 2012 total.
In the last 10 years the organization had donated almost $1.5 billion to charity and contributed 683 million volunteer hours.
The Knights of Columbus has more than 1.8 million members in North America, Central America, the Philippines, the Caribbean and Europe. It was founded in 1882 in New Haven, Conn., by Venerable Servant of God Michael J. McGivney, a parish priest who sought to help widows and orphans while aiding Catholic families and conducting acts of charity.
Great article on a great Priest!
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It was founded by Jesus Christ to teach, govern, and sanctify. It continues to do so, and will continue until the end of time.
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The KofC has fundamentally changed my charitable.
“My charitable works”
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And we in the Knights always appreciate his service and his ideas.
I finally got my regalia and participated in my first color guard event. It was the 60th anniversary of our Msgrs. ordination.