These excerpts are taken from an article published in the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild Newsletter May/June 2017 Edition “Our Founder in Pope Francis’s Words”-Homily of Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori at the Founder’s Day Mass at St. Mary’s in New Haven. In this very church, Fr. McGivney truly encountered the Lord Jesus and his Father. Here he offered Mass, heard confessions, and spent many hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. As a result, those who encountered Father McGivney felt they had encountered Christ. Pope Francis often uses the phrase “missionary disciple”-someone who loves the Lord so deeply and feels compelled to bear witness to the Gospel. Father McGivney was a missionary disciple. He was no stuffy cleric sitting in his overstuffed rectory waiting for people to call. No, he was a disciple, a follower of the Lord, who preached the Gospel with conviction. His voice filled the church! And his prayer and preaching drove him into the community where he ministered as a good shepherd, built bridges everywhere he could, and brought Christ to people and people to Christ. Two other words used by Pope Francis are charity and mercy. He urges us to reach out to the poor and needy in both word and action, and sets an example for us. Father McGivney was a priest of charity and mercy. Pastoral charity permeated his priestly ministry. He was filled with love for his parishioners, served their needs, was involved with their moments of joy as well as times of loss and sorrow. How many confessions he heard within the walls of this church and how many hearts he opened to the mercies of God! When the Knights were founded in this very church, their abiding principle would be charity, a true love and concern for the orphan, widow, and outcast. Father McGivney, founder of our beloved Order, remains a good and holy priest, not merely of his own times, but ours. His holiness and the fruits of his holiness are all around us. May it come to pass soon that our venerable founder will be raised to the dignity of the altar.