Father McGivney - Pinellas Park, FL
N 27° 50.255 W 082° 42.769
17R E 331325 N 3080388
Quick Description: This Knights of Columbus hall has a statue of Father McGivney statue on display.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 6:01:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM5R6P
Fr. Michael J McGivney
Founder of Knights of Columbus 1882
A tribute to his ideals and principles and the success of Knights of Columbus
Dedicated February 18, 2006
Michael A Scaveili Grand Knight
Boy Scout Troop 337
The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney (August 12, 1852 - August 14, 1890) was a Roman Catholic priest and founder of the Knights of Columbus. He was the son of Irish immigrants.
In 1996, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford opened an investigation into Father McGivney's life, with a stated goal of his beatification and canonization, or formal recognition by the Church of his sainthood. Fr. Gabriel O'Donnell, OP is the postulator of McGivney's cause, as well as director of the Fr. McGivney Guild. The diocesan investigation was closed in 2000, and the case was passed to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Vatican City. On August 7, 2007, in his homily at the Opening Mass at the 125th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone pledged his assistance to this cause as Cardinal Secretary of State for the Holy See.
On March 15, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Fr. McGivney. The pope's declaration significantly advanced the process toward sainthood. The declaration allows Catholics to refer to McGivney with the title "Venerable Servant of God".
In honor of McGivney, the York Catholic District School Board in Ontario, Canada founded a school named Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy in 1989. It is located in Markham and currently houses 1,400 students. A biography by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster of Fr. McGivney, Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism was published by William Morrow and Company in 2006. The Catholic University of America recently renamed a prominent building on their campus McGivney Hall.