How You Can Help

  • Pray for the Advancement of the Cause of Fr. Michael McGivney
  • Add your relatives and friends who are deceased to the Memorial
  • Pray for the members of The Honoris Memorial
  • Practise the virtue of charity locally
We suggest reading the book Parish Priest. This gives information on the life and works of this man as a priest. It can be obtained at Saint Patrick Basilica Book Store or at the Father Michael J.McGivney Guild.

All members of the Knights of Columbus and the faithful are strongly urged by The Honoris to join the Father McGivney Guild.
Information in the Columbian magazine and registration to:
1 Columbus Plaza. New Haven C.T. 06510-3326 U.S.A.
or join on-line at

The Honoris Committee.

 Suggestions for Councils

Speak to their parish priest and/or chaplain to have one Mass a month for Honoris and its intentions on one the following dates:

  • 12th (August, his Birthday)
  • 13th (August, day set aside to honour him)
  • 14th (August, day of his death)
  • 22nd (December, day of his Ordination)
  • 29th (March, Founding of First Council)
  • 31st (October, Beatification)

The Honoris Committee strongly suggests that individually or as a group or council/assembly you count back nine days from your chosen date and pray the Novena:

We remind you of the fact that we survive on your prayers and financial assistance for this project. We will issue tax receipts for any money sent in. Cheques made payable to the The Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris.

Mail to:
The Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris
281 Nepean St.
Ottawa, On.
K1R 5G2

You may also donate through The Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris Canada Helps Site.

Canada Helps logo

You will be directed to The Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris account on the Canada Helps website.
Please follow instructions and Canada Helps will accept your credit card and issue your Tax Receipt.

"We ask for your prayers for this project that God hear us and respond to our request to further our Blessed Founders Cause."

The following Councils have joined The Honoris on this suggestion:

  • St. Louis Marie de Monfort # 7190
  • Saint Patrick Basilica # 12158
  • Canon John Burke # 6217
  • Divine Infant # 7873
  • Centennial # 8008

Prayer for the Canonization of Fr.McGivney

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Blessed Michael J McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.

Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your Blessed servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favour I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord.


We Have Inherited A Mission:
It Defines Us As Knights Of Columbus

Success as a Knight and as an organization as a whole is defined by our adherence to the mission defined by Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney when he founded our Order. His vision was of what Catholic men could be and what they could achieve by being what they could be. The goal is the service and protection of their families, the service and protection of their Church, and the service and protection of their country. Among the many reasons why the Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus was to help Catholic Men Practice the faith and thus become better husbands and fathers thereby strengthening the family structure. He made it a requirement that every Knight be a Practical Catholic, yet wisely did not demand that a man be a perfect Catholic to enter the Order. Rather, membership in the Knights is meant to help men progress in making God the first priority in their lives and engage in works of charity and experience fraternity with other men striving to take their faith seriously.

When we as Knights of Columbus embrace the principles of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity we exemplify the vision of our founder. These principles, with a special emphasis on Charity, are how we evangelize our faith and the principles of our Order. It is by our example when interacting with our brothers and individuals in our communities sharing our faith and principles and asking. Charity is the act of reaching out to others bringing dignity to all individuals; Charity is offering individuals the opportunity to practice their Catholic faith.

We have the tools to exemplify this vision of Charity. Our programs Church, Community, Council, Family, Youth, and Culture of Life define us as Knights of Columbus and Catholics. When we are actively involved in our six program areas, we evangelize the principles of the Order, and in that we recognize the inherent dignity of the human person. The key to evangelize is passionate involvement. Every activity and program we do is CHARITY. We, by our actions provide that reason. What better way than by example and passionate involvement to evangelize our faith and principles providing others an opportunity to recognize the inherent dignity of the human person.

Ultimately our success as individuals and as Knights of Columbus is measured by how faithful we are to the vision and the dream of our Founder the Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney and his principles of Unity, Fraternity and Charity. By this we will show how we are GOOD stewards of the Order we have inherited.

It is with prayer to our founder that we can develop a meaning and understanding. There are many a time, we Knights are asked to turn to prayer for another member, or a death or event or sadness. We ask your council to join us at the Honoris and become prayer partners, for those in your councils who wish to join in daily prayers, ( for whatever cause we are asked to pray for.) By finding someone in your council who can be our partner, your council will take part in being there for someone who is in need. You will know that someone is praying for whatever was request by a council or other councils across Ontario.

This will be of interest to members who are older, or who attend Mass often or take part in a daily prayer or would like to start one. By joining the prayer line, the council can use this activity as a requirement for the Columbia application each year.

To sign up ... please send us an , visit the Honoris web site under Prayer Line and Prayers For Departed or contact us at the following address:

The Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney Honoris
281 Nepean St.
Ottawa, On.
K1R 5G2

Thank you, Vivat Jesus
The Honoris Committee


The Honoris Committee wishes to acknowledge the support of:

  • The Archdiocese of Ottawa
  • Ontario State Council, Knights of Columbus
  • The Archdiocesan Association Knights of Columbus of Ottawa
  • The late Richard Maloney, Webmaster - for building the Honoris website
  • The Madore Agency
  • Saint Patrick Basilica
  • Cartier Assembly 860 who donated the first statue
  • Vanier Council #5571 Vanier ON.
  • Fr. Baxter Assembly #870 Thunder Bay ON.
  • Fr. Regis St. James Council #9295 Thunder Bay On.
  • S/C Denis Amyotte, Master, 6th Ontario District, Cardinal McGuigan province
  • Thankyou to all who have supported us through prayer and donations