After discerning a call to the priesthood, he was ordained a priest in 1877 and offered the Traditional Latin Mass his entire priesthood.
In 1882, seeing that Catholic families were affected by the death of breadwinners, and to provide the men of his parish an alternative to secret anti-Catholic fraternal societies of the time (i.e. among them the Masonic lodges), Fr. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.
On August 14, 1890, at age 38, Fr. McGivney succumbed to an illness and passed into eternal life.
On March 15, 2008, the Congregation of Saints declared Fr. McGivney's life to be of heroic virtue and was recognized as "Venerable".
In May 2020, his first miracle was approved and he is set for beatification in fall 2020.
To learn more about Venerable Michael McGivney please visit his canonization website:
Deus qui et pater noster et protector pauperum orphanos atque viduas defendis, sacerdotem tuum Patrem Michaelem apostolum familiae Christinae vocasti et ductorem iuvenum proposuisti ut proximis inservirent.
Per eius imitationem et virtutem, fac ut proxime sequamur filium tuum Jesum Christum caritatis mandatum perficientes ut Corpus eius quod est Ecclesia aedificetur.
Inspirati servi tui exemplo et amore tuo prompti exsequamur confidentius opera caritatis quibus corroborentur et curentur egentes et derelicti. Suppliciter exoramus ut super terra et secundum sanctam voluntatem tuam, venerabilem servum glorifices Patrem Michaelem J. McGivney.
Per intercessionem eius, da ut quod praesens peto (______) fiat, per Christum Dominum Nostrum.
Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri…
God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor.
Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.
Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will.
Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father