Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Blessed Michael McGivney Latin Mass Portrait Initiative

Brother Knights,

We are pleased to announce one of our most important initiatives in our Network’s ten-year existence: The commissioning of a special portrait of Blessed Michael McGivney, priest, pastor, Knights of Columbus founder and, God willing, someday, a canonized saint.

Already several beautiful portraits have already been commissioned of Blessed Michael, but this one will be unique and important to our network members and sponsoring Councils. The portrait will be the first to feature Blessed Michael offering the Traditional Latin Mass, the only Mass he knew and offered. 

In order to fund this initiative, we are asking all Knights in our Network to consider participating in this historic initiative by donating at least $100 (if possible) toward the costs of the portrait.

We invite you to learn more by reviewing the attached prospectus, including a copy of the draft sketch.  There are three ways that Knights can help:

  1. Consider donating at least $100 toward the portrait (any amount is welcome, however)
  2. Ask your council to contribute $100 toward the portrait
  3. Prayer: If you are unable to contribute, please offer a Rosary and a prayer for Bl. Michael’s canonization, for this initiative

To donate, please see the prospectus link below, which includes a draft sketch, portrait details, and an address to which mailed contributions may be sent. 

Prospectus: Blessed Michael McGivney Latin Mass Portrait

With the Latin Mass being threatened, is there not a better way for Knights to rally to the Mass of the Ages, by supporting a portrait of our founder who offered the Traditional Latin Mass in our country, throughout his entire priesthood?

Thank you for your consideration.

Blessed Michael, pray for us! 

~ Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network


How to Contribute

Brother Brian O’Connell (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Council 13205, Littleton, CO) is facilitating
the portrait and donations, through his business. Donations are not tax deductible.

1) Please e-mail your pledge amount Mike FitzGerald at

2) Please make check payable to: Sanctorum, L.L.C.

Checks can be mailed to:

Brian O'Connell
30245 County Road 352B
Buena Vista, CO. 81211


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

October 12, 1492: For Columbus Is Ours

Today, Wednesday October 12 is the 530th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

In 1892, Pope Leo XIII decreed that a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity be offered today in thanksgiving for Columbus’ discovery and bringing the Catholic faith to this hemisphere.  Commending Columbus, Pope Leo XIII wrote in his 1892 encyclical:

For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the mare tenebrosum, and also the manner in which he endeavoured to execute the design, it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was the strongest motive for the inception and prosecution of the design; so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church.  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

We decree, therefore, that on October 12, or on the following Sunday, if the Ordinary should prefer it, in all the Cathedral churches and convent chapels throughout Spain, Italy, and the two Americas, after the office of the day there shall be celebrated a Solemn Mass of the Most Holy Trinity…  Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

In recent times, Columbus and his legacy has been unnecessarily criticized through lies and falsehoods.  But as Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, SJ observed in his book “Christopher Columbus: The Catholic Discovery of America”, Columbus had a deep faith for Christ and expressed it in many of his writings. Fr. Hardon provides several examples from Columbus’ log:

As is our custom, Vespers were said in the late afternoon, and a special thanksgiving was offered to God for giving us renewed hope through the many signs of land He has provided.  I now believe that the light I saw earlier was a sign from God and that it was truly the first positive indication of land.  - October 11, 1492.

I want the natives to develop a friendly attitude towards us because I know they are a people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, more by love than by force. – October 12, 1492. 

For Fr. Hardon, it was clear that the zealous missionary faith of both Columbus (a Third Order Franciscan) and Servant of God Queen Isabella the Catholic (declared in 1974), led them to pursue this mission.  This hunger for souls for Christ may have also been one of the reasons, Blessed Fr. Michael J. McGivney, choose the name Columbus for his new fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus main website has some great resources helping to clarify Columbus' place in history:

Five Myths About Columbus

Why the Knights of Columbus?

Additionally, several Knights councils will be organizing Masses to defend Columbus and honor Pope Leo's call for thanksgiving for the bringing of Christ to the New World. 
For us Knights in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, we should be grateful for Columbus' bringing the Holy Faith to these shores.  As such, we close with Pope Leo XIII:

And, above all, it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching. – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo

As some in the Church today struggle with how to minister to pagan cultures, let the story of Columbus, the Franciscans who followed him, and the North American Jesuit martyrs serve as an example to all on how to reclaim the Holy Faith that was introduced to these lands five centuries ago and with zeal share it with those who are separated from it or who lack it entirely.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage in Washington, DC - 17 September 2022

From our friends at the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny:

Dear Friends,

Please consider making plans to attend this event in Washington and Arlington,  to show our support for our friends in the Washington area and to protest  recent cancellations of  the Traditional Mass:

Join us on Saturday September 17, 2022 at 9 AM for the National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage. 

We will mark the 15th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s liberation of the Traditional Latin Mass, and make a public act of sorrow/support of what we will be losing as the Diocese of Arlington and Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. impose devastating new restrictions on the celebration of the TLM. 

The Arlington Diocese restrictions go into effect on September 8, while the Washington Archdiocese’s draconian implementation of the papal decree starts 13 days later on the 21st.
The pilgrimage will begin at 9 AM on Saturday, September 17 at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington, VA, will end when we reach St. Matthew’s Cathedral in DC, and should take about two hours. 
For updates, we now have an instagram, twitter, and Facebook page (all of which can be found @tlmpilgrimage on the respective apps), and we now have a website being 
Please share, as we want this to be as large as possible for such an occasion.

Visit their website:

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Votive Mass for Defense of the Church this Friday August 26

Brother Knights,

With a widespread communist persecution breaking out against the Church in Nicaragua (and elsewhere), we wanted to encourage Knights, Councils and others in our network to consider asking their priests to offer a votive “Mass for the Defense of the Churchthis Friday August 26.

Since this Friday August 26 is a Feria day, a votive Mass (1962) can be offered for just these important situations and intentions.  The vestments are traditionally purple/violet and the Mass would not displace the actual intention scheduled at the parish for that Mass.

As many know, the Knights have long championed the Church’s liberty and were key in helping to support the Mexican Catholics during Calles’ persecution in the 1920s – one that gave many martyrs including six Knights:

If your priest is able to offer this votive Traditional Latin Mass (found in the 1962 Missal), the laity propers can be found at this parish’s website:

Additional upcoming Feria days to offer Masses are September 6, 7, and 13, 20 and 26.

Blessed Michael McGivney and the Mexican martyrs, pray for us!

Vivat Jesus!

Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network