Resolution Honoring Father McGivney's Legacy

Adopted by the 125th Supreme Convention on Aug. 9, 2007.

WHEREAS, in 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney, Servant of God, a parish priest of St. Mary's Parish in New Haven, Connecticut, had a vision for the establishment of a fraternal benefit society that would provide aid to a widow and orphans after the death of a husband and primary source of income; and

WHEREAS, on March 29, 1882, the Connecticut State Legislature officially approved and chartered this new organization called the Knights of Columbus, with its purpose of rendering pecuniary aid to its members and families; rendering financial assistance to the sick, disabled and needy; promoting social and intellectual exchange among its members and families; and promoting religious, educational, charitable, and social welfare activities; and

WHEREAS, still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity 125 years later, the Knights of Columbus has grown to the largest lay Catholic organization in the world, with more than 1.7 million members; and

WHEREAS, each day, Catholic laymen, bound in a common association, gather to advance the welfare of their Church and communities; they meet in harbor towns of Newfoundland and Labrador, suburban Los Angeles, Polish towns, Mexican cities, and Philippine villages; some of these men help families pay off medical bills or secure aid for disaster victims, others help finance Catholic schools or independent living for people with disabilities, and still others organize nutrition programs for disadvantaged children or prayer services for an end to abortion; and

WHEREAS, with over $64 billion of insurance in force, the Knights of Columbus has become a pillar of financial strength, continuing to provide assistance to widows and children of its members; and

WHEREAS, March 29, 2007, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Knights of Columbus;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus take particular pride in the accomplishments of our Order from its humble beginnings to the present, and join our brother Knights throughout the Order in “Celebrating 125 Years of Faith in Action;” and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we pledge to continue praying for the beatification of our founder, the Servant of God, Father Michael J. McGivney, and encourage every member and his family to become an active member of the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that, in this the 125th anniversary year of the Knights of Columbus, we strive to honor the vision of Fr. McGivney and continue the hard work and dedication that will cause our Order to grow, prosper and continue to maintain and improve the level of fraternal benefits for our members and charitable contributions for those in need.