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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 40 │ NUMBER 13 │ MARCH 29, 2022
The example and vision of Blessed Michael McGivney continues to inspire us today as we celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Knights of Columbus. Father McGivney envisioned the Order that would care for the most vulnerable, and that is precisely what Knights today are doing in their prayers and humanitarian aid for refugees and other displaced people affected by the war in Ukraine.
Celebrating Founder’s DayTo commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Knights of Columbus, the Supreme Officers, other Knights and families gathered for a special Founder’s Day Mass at the Order’s birthplace — St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford celebrated the Mass, and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore served as the homilist. At the conclusion of Mass, the officers gathered at the sarcophagus of Blessed Michael McGivney, where they recided together the prayer for our Founder’s canonization. (Photo by Jeffrey Bruno)
Knights and family members participate in a moleben, a liturgical service of supplication, for the intention of the protection of the people of Ukraine, March 18, at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church in Calgary, Alberta. (Spirit Juice Studios)Praying for UkraineIn response to a March 7 appeal by Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly, Knights throughout the United States and Canada have organized special prayer gatherings for peace in Ukraine. WATCH VIDEOKnights of Columbus worldwide also concluded a novena for the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25. At the Order’s Mercy Center in the Polish village of Budomierz, on the Ukrainian border, Knights participated in Mass and a eucharistic procession, spiritually joining Pope Francis who consecrated Russia and Ukraine at the Vatican. WATCH VIDEO
Living the Founder’s Mission on the Poland-Ukraine BorderDominican Father Jonathan Kalisch, director of chaplains and spiritual development for the Order, reflects on how Knights are fulfilling the mission of Father McGivney in their aid for Ukrainian refugees. WATCH VIDEOSupport the Ukraine Solidarity Fund and learn more about the Order’s aid for those impacted by the war in Ukraine at kofc.org/ukraine.
‘A Blessing Beyond Blessings’Joseph McGivney, a financial advisor and father of two, was aware that he shared a name and a family connection with the founder of the Knights of Columbus, but that connection wasn’t especially meaningful to him. That changed when Joe’s unexpected recovery from a health crisis led to renewed faith and trust in God; he returned to the Church and joined the Order.
Father McGivney: An American BlessedThis powerful documentary highlights Father Michael McGivney’s inspiring example of fraternal charity, evangelization and empowerment of the laity, from his humble beginnings as a son of Irish immigrants to his founding of the Knights of Columbus. WATCH FILM
A Prayer Tower RestoredFlorida Knights restored a prayer tower that now honors Blessed Michael McGivney and several saints. In doing so, they strengthened their brotherhood and grew in appreciation for the Order’s founder. READ MORE
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