Installation Of New Statue
Father Michael J. McGivney

This lovely hand carved statue was provided to "The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris" by Brother Kevin Daudlin, former Ontario State Deputy, Knights of Columbus. In 2013 Brother Daudlin commissioned Mr. Antonio Caruso, Artist and Art Director, Venutas Fine Arts Inc., Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, to create this beautiful representation of Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. It was blessed by Most Reverend Fred J. Colli, Bishop of the Diocese of Thunder Bay and State Chaplain, State Board of Ontario, Knights of Columbus.

The statue depicts Father Michael McGivney in his liturgical vestment, in the action of lifting the precious Body and Blood of Christ, offering the Eucharist to the faithful and proclaiming "Ecce Agnus Dei Qui tollit peccata mundi" ... Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world". It is carved out of one solid piece of linden wood (material used over centuries and millennia by various cultures and religions, in making of sacred objects, vessels and furnishings).

The attached reliquary at the bottom of the statue contains a fragment of the cassock (second class relic) of the Venerable Servant of God, Father Michael J. McGivney, worn by him at the time of his burial. It was authenticated by Rev. Fr. Gabriel B. O'Donnell O.P. Vice-Postulator, Father Michael J. McGivney Guild, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

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