The Order of the Knights of Columbus is the world's largest and foremost Catholic fraternal service organization. The Knights were incorporated by Father Michael J. McGivney
on March 29, 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut. The Order is named in honor of Christopher Columbus, and dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism
. Currently, there are more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
PRAYER FOR THE CANONIZATION OF
FATHER MICHAEL J. McGIVNEY
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 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.
Pray: Our Father -- Hail Mary -- Glory be to the Father