Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney, born in the USA, was a parish priest in Hartford, Connecticut until his death in 1890 at age 38. The postulator for his cause for sainthood, Fr. Gabriel O'Donnell, said of Fr. McGivney, "Fr.McGivney lived an ordinary life in the most extraordinary ways."
Fr. McGivney's cause for sainthood was opened in 1997, presented to the Vatican in 2000, and he was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in March, 2008. The claim of a miracle through Father McGivney's intercession is under study in Rome and additional testimony concerning this reported miracle has recently been sent to Rome in hopes of bolstering the original claim.
Since Father McGivney was Founder of the Knights of Columbus, his beatification would be a cause of great joy and justifiable pride in their founder for the 1.7 million Knights throughout the world. In discussing this latest development of additional testimonies, Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, said, "Fr. McGivney's beatification would be an important event, not only for Knights of Columbus, but for many thousands of parish priests who quietly do the Lord's work in parishes each day and regard him as an outstanding example for priests everywhere. In this Year for Priests it is an especially appropriate step forward."
Of the thousands of canonized saints, there are no American-born parish priests who have been officially recognized by the Church as saints. Fr. McGivney's beatification and canonization would be a great encouragement for the many faithful USA Catholic priests, unsung heroes, who have stayed the course and weathered the storms.
In Loving Memory of Father McGivney
Venerable Father Michael McGivney's Influence Today
PRAY FOR UNBORN FUTURE PRIESTS
40 DAYS FOR LIFE DAY 5: MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.