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    Introduction

    Since 1882, the Knights of Columbus has been a part of the fabric of New Haven, Connecticut, subsequently spreading across the country and eventually becoming a worldwide fraternal and charitable organization. The Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center showcases the Catholic fraternal organization's history and achievements with its founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism evident throughout the permanent galleries.


    Father Michael J. McGivney Father Michael J. McGivney

    Father McGivney Gallery Father McGivney Gallery Father McGivney Gallery Father McGivney Gallery Father McGivney Gallery

    Father Michael J. McGivney's vision for the role of laypeople in the Church and a fraternal society to unite men in faith and service resulted in the founding of the Knights of Columbus, which today is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world.

    The McGivney Gallery traces the priest's early life in Waterbury, Connecticut, his call to the priesthood, parish work at St. Mary's Church in New Haven where he founded the Knights of Columbus, and his death while pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston.

    A life-size bronze statue of Father McGivney, by Stanley Bleifeld, is central to the gallery, with the reliquary room adjacent.

    Father Michael J. McGivney's vision for the role of laypeople in the Church and a fraternal society to unite men in faith and service resulted in the founding of the Knights of Columbus, which today is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world.

    The McGivney Gallery traces the priest's early life in Waterbury, Connecticut, his call to the priesthood, parish work at St. Mary's Church in New Haven where he founded the Knights of Columbus, and his death while pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston.

    A life-size bronze statue of Father McGivney, by Stanley Bleifeld, is central to the gallery, with the reliquary room adjacent.

    Father Michael J. McGivney's vision for the role of laypeople in the Church and a fraternal society to unite men in faith and service resulted in the founding of the Knights of Columbus, which today is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world.

    The McGivney Gallery traces the priest's early life in Waterbury, Connecticut, his call to the priesthood, parish work at St. Mary's Church in New Haven where he founded the Knights of Columbus, and his death while pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston.

    A life-size bronze statue of Father McGivney, by Stanley Bleifeld, is central to the gallery, with the reliquary room adjacent.

    Father Michael J. McGivney's vision for the role of laypeople in the Church and a fraternal society to unite men in faith and service resulted in the founding of the Knights of Columbus, which today is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world.

    The McGivney Gallery traces the priest's early life in Waterbury, Connecticut, his call to the priesthood, parish work at St. Mary's Church in New Haven where he founded the Knights of Columbus, and his death while pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston.

    A life-size bronze statue of Father McGivney, by Stanley Bleifeld, is central to the gallery, with the reliquary room adjacent.

    Father Michael J. McGivney's vision for the role of laypeople in the Church and a fraternal society to unite men in faith and service resulted in the founding of the Knights of Columbus, which today is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world.

    The McGivney Gallery traces the priest's early life in Waterbury, Connecticut, his call to the priesthood, parish work at St. Mary's Church in New Haven where he founded the Knights of Columbus, and his death while pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston.

    A life-size bronze statue of Father McGivney, by Stanley Bleifeld, is central to the gallery, with the reliquary room adjacent.


    Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center

    Lobby and St. Peter's Basilica Lobby and St. Peter's Basilica Lobby and St. Peter's Basilica Lobby and St. Peter's Basilica Lobby and St. Peter's Basilica

    The spacious lobby provides an impressive entryway to the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center. Here, the two-story atrium becomes the setting for one of the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center's most impressive features: a 400-year-old cross from atop St. Peter's Basilica, a gift from Pope St. John Paul II in appreciation for the restoration of the basilica's façade funded by the Knights of Columbus in the 1980s.

    The spacious lobby provides an impressive entryway to the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center. Here, the two-story atrium becomes the setting for one of the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center's most impressive features: a 400-year-old cross from atop St. Peter's Basilica, a gift from Pope St. John Paul II in appreciation for the restoration of the basilica's façade funded by the Knights of Columbus in the 1980s.

    The spacious lobby provides an impressive entryway to the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center. Here, the two-story atrium becomes the setting for one of the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center's most impressive features: a 400-year-old cross from atop St. Peter's Basilica, a gift from Pope St. John Paul II in appreciation for the restoration of the basilica's façade funded by the Knights of Columbus in the 1980s.

    The spacious lobby provides an impressive entryway to the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center. Here, the two-story atrium becomes the setting for one of the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center's most impressive features: a 400-year-old cross from atop St. Peter's Basilica, a gift from Pope St. John Paul II in appreciation for the restoration of the basilica's façade funded by the Knights of Columbus in the 1980s.

    The spacious lobby provides an impressive entryway to the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center. Here, the two-story atrium becomes the setting for one of the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center's most impressive features: a 400-year-old cross from atop St. Peter's Basilica, a gift from Pope St. John Paul II in appreciation for the restoration of the basilica's façade funded by the Knights of Columbus in the 1980s.


    Men looking at art Men looking at art

    Papal Gallery Papal Gallery Papal Gallery Papal Gallery Papal Gallery

    The Papal Gallery recounts the longstanding relationship between the Knights of Columbus and the Vatican. Popes have had a significant role in the growth and activities of the Knights of Columbus since its incorporation in 1882. Featured items include an array of artwork, archival materials, artifacts, commemorative papal medallions, photographs and videos.

    The Papal Gallery recounts the longstanding relationship between the Knights of Columbus and the Vatican. Popes have had a significant role in the growth and activities of the Knights of Columbus since its incorporation in 1882. Featured items include an array of artwork, archival materials, artifacts, commemorative papal medallions, photographs and videos.

    The Papal Gallery recounts the longstanding relationship between the Knights of Columbus and the Vatican. Popes have had a significant role in the growth and activities of the Knights of Columbus since its incorporation in 1882. Featured items include an array of artwork, archival materials, artifacts, commemorative papal medallions, photographs and videos.

    The Papal Gallery recounts the longstanding relationship between the Knights of Columbus and the Vatican. Popes have had a significant role in the growth and activities of the Knights of Columbus since its incorporation in 1882. Featured items include an array of artwork, archival materials, artifacts, commemorative papal medallions, photographs and videos.

    The Papal Gallery recounts the longstanding relationship between the Knights of Columbus and the Vatican. Popes have had a significant role in the growth and activities of the Knights of Columbus since its incorporation in 1882. Featured items include an array of artwork, archival materials, artifacts, commemorative papal medallions, photographs and videos.


    Past supreme knight Edward Hearn Past supreme knight Edward Hearn

    Wall of History Wall of History Wall of History Wall of History Wall of History

    The 170-foot long Wall of History is a thematic and chronological presentation of the Knights of Columbus' origins and development. Free-standing kiosks devoted to each of the supreme knights punctuate the timeline.

    Part I is a chronology of the organization's early years, from 1882 to the 1920s, through a tumultuous period of American and world history including the K of C's relief work during World War I. Part II traces its history from the 1920s to the third millennium including, at the pope's request, the establishment of playgrounds for the youth of Rome and the Heroes Fund project that provided immediate assistance to families of emergency responders who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    The 170-foot long Wall of History is a thematic and chronological presentation of the Knights of Columbus' origins and development. Free-standing kiosks devoted to each of the supreme knights punctuate the timeline.

    Part I is a chronology of the organization's early years, from 1882 to the 1920s, through a tumultuous period of American and world history including the K of C's relief work during World War I. Part II traces its history from the 1920s to the third millennium including, at the pope's request, the establishment of playgrounds for the youth of Rome and the Heroes Fund project that provided immediate assistance to families of emergency responders who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    The 170-foot long Wall of History is a thematic and chronological presentation of the Knights of Columbus' origins and development. Free-standing kiosks devoted to each of the supreme knights punctuate the timeline.

    Part I is a chronology of the organization's early years, from 1882 to the 1920s, through a tumultuous period of American and world history including the K of C's relief work during World War I. Part II traces its history from the 1920s to the third millennium including, at the pope's request, the establishment of playgrounds for the youth of Rome and the Heroes Fund project that provided immediate assistance to families of emergency responders who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    The 170-foot long Wall of History is a thematic and chronological presentation of the Knights of Columbus' origins and development. Free-standing kiosks devoted to each of the supreme knights punctuate the timeline.

    Part I is a chronology of the organization's early years, from 1882 to the 1920s, through a tumultuous period of American and world history including the K of C's relief work during World War I. Part II traces its history from the 1920s to the third millennium including, at the pope's request, the establishment of playgrounds for the youth of Rome and the Heroes Fund project that provided immediate assistance to families of emergency responders who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    The 170-foot long Wall of History is a thematic and chronological presentation of the Knights of Columbus' origins and development. Free-standing kiosks devoted to each of the supreme knights punctuate the timeline.

    Part I is a chronology of the organization's early years, from 1882 to the 1920s, through a tumultuous period of American and world history including the K of C's relief work during World War I. Part II traces its history from the 1920s to the third millennium including, at the pope's request, the establishment of playgrounds for the youth of Rome and the Heroes Fund project that provided immediate assistance to families of emergency responders who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.