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Knights carry statue of Father McGivney in procession after opening Mass of the Philippine National Convention in Manila.

Knights carry statue of Father McGivney in procession after opening Mass of the Philippine National Convention in Manila.

On the first day of the 9th Knights of Columbus Philippine National Convention held April 27th in the capital city of Manila, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson engaged in a series of events designed to raise awareness of the Cause for Canonization of Father Michael McGivney, the Order’s founder.

The program began with the convention’s opening Mass, during which three pilgrim statues of Father McGivney were blessed, and continued with the inauguration and blessing of three sites dedicated to the founder: a multimedia studio at the headquarters of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); a monumental cupola for a statue of Father McGivney outside the KCFAPI headquarters, the Knights’ insurance program in the Philippines; and an oratory inside the headquarters. At each location, Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, CBCP president, offered prayers and a blessing.

“This is a great day for the Knights of Columbus, a great day for Father McGivney, a great day for the Philippine nation,” the supreme knight said. “Today we recall the dedication and sacrifice of Father McGivney as we resolve to follow in his footsteps more closely in charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.”

After Mass, Anderson met with Archbishop Palma at the CBCP headquarters, and the two then took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Father Michael McGivney Multimedia Studio, located at the conference’s headquarters. Constructed with a grant from the Supreme Council, the studio will seek to educate and evangelize through videos on the sanctity of marriage and the family. Archbishop Palma blessed the studio, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, and then the supreme knight was interviewed by Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, CBCP director of communications.

On the final leg of the busy morning, Archbishop Palma and the Supreme Knight traveled a few blocks to the headquarters of KCFAPI, where an outdoor monument and an indoor oratory were dedicated and blessed. Speaking before the cupola that featured a statue of Father McGivney, the supreme knight said the new structure would be a focal point of devotion for the founder.

The ceremony included the laying of a wreath and the release of white balloons signifying the desire that the Order’s founder would soon be recognized as a saint in heaven. Moving inside the KCFAPI building, Archbishop Palma blessed a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is the patroness of the Americas and the Philippines, to whom the Supreme Knights has dedicated his administration. A newly constructed oratory dedicated to Father McGivney was also blessed.