Seminary Dedicates Bust of Father McGivney
In the school year of 2010, several seminarians at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore were reflecting on their own journeys to answering God’s call to the priesthood.
The one constant that they found was the prayers and support of the Knights of Columbus.
In recognition of this, the seminarians decided to commission a $6,000 bust of the Venerable Michael McGivney for the seminary.
“Whether from the mountains of West Virginia or the northern reaches of Maine, Knights of Columbus councils, large and small alike, were a major part of our vocations and an indispensable source of support,” said Seminarian Andrew Nelson, who organized the effort.
On April 17, 2010, Knights from supporting councils in 12 states joined the seminarians for the dedication of the bust of Father McGivney (which the seminarians funded). Father McGivney was a member of the seminary’s class of 1877.
The bust was dedicated in honor of the Knights of Columbus for “their unwavering support of the Church, her priests and seminarians.”
Father Thomas Hurst, S.S., president-rector of St. Mary’s, welcomed all the guests and stated that this celebration of Father McGivney and his inspiring work was particularly appropriate in the “Year for Priests.”
Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore was the principal celebrant of the Mass and was assisted by Father Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., vice-postulator for Father McGivney’s cause for canonization, and Father Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv., Maryland state chaplain.