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L to R: (1) Andrew Walther appears on ‘EWTN News Nightly’ March 2, 2020 [photo: Screenshot/EWTN News]. (2) Michael Schachle is a “walking, talking miracle. ... His parents are ever grateful to the intervention of their little boy’s holy namesake” [photo courtesy of the Schachle family]. (3) Blessed Michael J. McGivney, shown in a portrait by Chas Fagan, lived his vocation amid ordinary parish life [photo: Knights of Columbus Multimedia Archives via CNA].

In Daniel Schachle and Andrew Walther, we see how the Knights of Columbus are forming the valiant men and true sons of Blessed Michael McGivney that our nation so badly needs.

Father Roger LandryIt was strangely fitting that the Oct. 31 beatification of Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest of the then Diocese of Hartford and founder of the Knights of Columbus, was marked by COVID-19 restrictions, because Blessed Michael died during a pandemic (possibly coronavirus) in 1890, which took 1 million lives. He joined a list of 11 U.S. saints and five U.S. beati raised to the altars.

I was privileged to be able to spend several hours praying before his relics on the day the Church solemnly substituted his beloved title “Father” with the celestial designation “Blessed.” He is interred within St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, where he spent the first seven of his 13 years as a priest serving as a parochial vicar and where he founded the Knights in 1882.   …