T.V. Documentary Premiers
A documentary on the life and legacy of the founder of the Knights of Columbus was broadcast nationally on public television stations in 2011.
Titled simply Father Michael McGivney, the film was produced by Lou Reda Productions of Easton, Pa., which is internationally recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding documentary film makers which has produced more than four hundred programs for cable and network television, including the Emmy Award-winning series WWII in HD.
The program chronicles the life of the young Catholic priest, born in Waterbury, Conn., of Irish immigrant parents, who gathered the men of his parish community into a fledgling fraternity centered on strengthening their faith and family security in the hard economic period following the American Civil War.
Before its premier, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson stated:
“We are grateful that CPTV is making this program available to residents of Connecticut. Father McGivney’s story is an important part of our state’s history. This broadcast provides a great opportunity to learn more about this native son of Waterbury who, in the basement of a New Haven church, established what has become an international organization approaching 2 million members on four continents. His short life of just 38 years was one of dedication and service, which has put him on the path to sainthood. We are rightly proud of our heritage.”