Father Michael J. McGivney’s vision of a Catholic men’s fraternal society led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus, which today is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world.
The McGivney gallery offers a glimpse into the life of the remarkable founder, including his work at St. Mary’s Church, located on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven. He held the first organizational meetings of the Knights of Columbus in the basement in October 1881.
Biographical information and artifacts trace his early life in Waterbury, Conn., his call to the priesthood, parish work, founding of the fledging Catholic fraternal society, his death and remembrances. A life-size bronze statue of Father McGivney, by Stanley Bleifeld is positioned nearby.