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Fr. Michael Joseph McGivney 

(August 12, 1852 – August 14, 1890) was an Irish-American Catholic priest based in New Haven, Connecticut. He founded the Knights of Columbus at a local parish to serve as a mutual aid and fraternal insurance organization, particularly for immigrants and their families. It developed through the 20th century as the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization.

The cause for his canonization started in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1996; in March 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared McGivney “Venerable” in recognition of his “heroic virtue”.[1] On May 27, 2020, Pope Francis announced that McGivney had been approved for beatification, which officially happened on October 31, 2020.[2] The pope’s action means that McGivney can be declared “Blessed”, the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint.