WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, today issued the following statement on the recognition by Pope Francis of a miracle performed by Knights of Columbus (K of C) founder Father Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890), clearing the way for the priest’s beatification:
Recently the Bishop of Rome recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. This news, which also gives the green light to his beatification offers a propitious occasion to consider the magnificent work still accomplished by the Knights of Columbus.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, is particularly aware of the good work done by the Knights on the US military installations spread throughout the world. Faithful to their tradition dating to the First World War, the Knights promote many initiatives to support those far from home. The Round Tables in war zones, the catechesis, and the much sought “Armed with the Faith” collection of prayers, Catholic teaching, and tips on the faithful life are among the countless examples of the Knights’ apostolate.
This Archdiocese also recognizes the tremendous support given to the vocations program, the co-sponsored seminarians, and the annual International Military Pilgrimage for peace to Lourdes every year.
Not to limit myself to parochial concerns, our brother Knights offer substantial support to the USCCB Committees on the Defense of Marriage and Religious Freedom, as well as, the Ad Hoc Committee on Racism. All of these represent important concerns of today. With no pretense of exhausting the list of activities, let us also not forget the generous contributions of the Knights of Columbus to the construction and completion of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Indeed the seeds sown by the Venerable Father McGivney continue to bear abundant fruit and we give thanks that he will soon be raised to the glory of the altars.
The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop for the Military Services, USA