Covering Father Michael McGivney’s Beatification: A Picture Diary

Covering Father Michael McGivney’s Beatification: A Picture Diary November 3, 2020

First-class relic of Blessed Michael McGivney, presented at the Oct. 31 beatification Mass/Brian Fraga

I had the privilege of covering the Oct. 31 beatification Mass of Father Michael McGivney, the 19th century parish priest who founded the Knights of Columbus.

As I wrote in a subsequent news analysis on Blessed McGivney, Church leaders believe the holiness of his life has important lessons to teach the faithful in a time of division and polarization, in and outside the Church. They also hope his example and elevation to the ranks of the blessed can remind all about the universal call to holiness and help spark a spiritual renewal.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, the papal representative for the liturgy, remarked in his homily:

“In Blessed Michael we are reminded that life is not transactional, but a gift to be shared. We appreciate that true worship, right fasting, is always centered on a right relationship with God and others, particularly those on the margins of society. And Christian unity is more than a simple adherence to a common belief. We accept that like him, God calls each one of us in our own day, and our own way, to be vessels of mercy, and so enter into our heavenly inheritance.”

During my assignment for Our Sunday Visitor, I took several photos, some of which I live-tweeted, but not all. I figured I would share them here as well to give you sort of a behind-the-scenes look and a feel of what it was like to be there to see the third US-born priest be elevated to the ranks of the blessed.

The drive from Massachusetts to Connecticut

Somewhere in Rhode Island or Connecticut

The scene outside St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford


Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, doing a stand-up media interview before the Mass

Bishops vesting and getting ready in the cathedral basement

Cardinal Joseph Tobin (right) speaking with Archbishop Joseph Blair of Hartford (left)

Media row

The Mass

The Sanctuary and the Cathedral

Tapestry of Blessed McGivney in the rear of the cathedral.
First-class relic of Blessed McGivney in front of the sanctuary, with tapestry hanging in the background.
The first-class relic of Blessed McGivney

Post-Mass scenes

Archbishop Joseph Blair and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus take part in a post-Mass press conference.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus
Prayer cards for Blessed McGivney’s canonization and other items
A coin to commemorate Blessed McGivney’s beatification

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