Father McGivney ‘loved the priesthood deeply,’ says Archbishop Lori

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August 18, 2015

Four men carry a 4-foot statue of Father Michael J. McGivney past an honor guard at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 14. The Mass celebrated the 125th anniversary of the death of Father McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. (CNS photo/Mary Chalupsky, The Catholic Transcript) See MCGIVNEY-MASS Aug. 18, 2015.

Four men carry a 4-foot statue of Father Michael J. McGivney past an honor guard at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 14. The Mass celebrated the 125th anniversary of the death of Father McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. (CNS photo/Mary Chalupsky, The Catholic Transcript)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) — The priesthood of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, “models the teaching of recent popes,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori.

“St. John Paul II said that the priest’s personality must be a bridge to Christ, and indeed Father McGivney’s unassuming, lighthearted-yet-determined character attracted many to the Catholic faith and to St. Mary’s Church,” said the archbishop, who is supreme chaplain of the Knights.

“When Pope Francis tells priests to acquire ‘the smell of the sheep’ and ‘to bring the Gospel to the margins of society,'” he continued, “I think of Father McGivney. He loved the priesthood deeply.”

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