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Welcome to the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center

The Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center was established on Nov. 1, 2020, with the intent to advance the vision of the New Haven priest who founded the Knights of Columbus.



Founded in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, the Knights of Columbus has expanded its presence as far as the Pacific Rim of Asia, but has always called New Haven “home.” A new exhibit, “Fashioned for the 21st Century,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of its present headquarters building, designed in modernist style by renowned architect Kevin Roche (1922-2019).

Copyright: Robert Benson Photography, Courtesy: Knights of Columbus Multimedia Archives



Voices For Freedom

This display, opened in February 2020, centers on two books written by the English abolitionist Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846). His writings were directed at ending the slave trade in the United Kingdom and encouraging other nations to do the same. The display includes items from the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center and the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives focusing on the period of segregation in the United States and the Civil Rights movement of the mid-20th century.