Father Michael McGivney—His Paca Street Years

By Father Rob Carbonneau, CP, Ph.D.

Fr. Michael McGivney

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Father Michael McGivney (1852-1890)
St. Mary’s Class of 1877
Founder of the Knights of Columbus (1882)

Father McGivney established the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal insurance society for his parish in 1882. Promoting a unique blend of faith and fraternalism, the Knights are distinguished by their deep loyalties to Catholicism and the American experience. Today, the Knights have a membership of over 1.7 million and support numerous charitable activities.

Fr. Rob Carbonneau, CP

Paramatta Fr. Rob Carbonneau, CP

Father Rob Carbonneau received his Ph.D. in American and East Asian history from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association, and is the current historian and director of the Passionist Historical Archives in Union City, New Jersey. Much of his research and publication is focused on Passionist history.  His special area of study is 20th-century American Catholic missionaries in Hunan, China, and their relationship with the Chinese government, the U.S. State Department, and the Vatican.