Since the K of C founder’s beatification in October 2020, faithful around the world continue to report answered prayers due to his intercession
By Andrew Fowler
Father Michael J. McGivney’s role in the miraculous healing of Michael “Mikey” Schachle from fetal hydrops was recognized last May by Pope Francis. The Holy Father then officially declared the Knights of Columbus founder Blessed by an apostolic letter that was read at the Mass of beatification Oct. 31, 2020. Father McGivney’s beatification brings him one step closer to the declaration of his sainthood and affirms his role as an intercessor for the prayers of the faithful.
In recent months, Catholics around the world have reported favors linked to Blessed Michael McGivney’s intercession. The website of the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild keeps a list of those favors, ranging from COVID-19 recoveries to finding new employment to apparently miraculous healings, and more.
Here is a sample of recently reported favors:
Knight Recovers from COVID-19
“A member of our K of C council (11237) became severely ill with COVID-19 and was on the verge of requiring intubation to be placed on a ventilator. We organized Knights across the state of Oklahoma to begin praying the rosary together for him on Zoom, followed by the Blessed Michael McGivney prayer, with the intention being his recovery. After we started these prayers, his oxygen levels improved and he is now out of ICU. His doctor told him it is nothing short of a miracle that he survived an illness of this severity.” — Resident of Edmond, Okla. (submitted March 5, 2021)
Nephew Recovering from COVID-19
“My nephew, Andrew, developed a very serious case of COVID-19. He was in the hospital for over eight weeks and was very close to death. I said the Blessed Michael McGivney Novena twice, and as I started the third time, Andrew left the hospital and went into rehab. He is now home and doing well. I truly believe that God, with the intercession of Blessed Father McGivney, saved Andrew’s life.” — Resident of Manalapan, N.J. (submitted Jan. 26, 2021)
“My wife’s work situation was causing her added stress because she was being asked to take additional duties that she was never trained or hired to do. She and a co-worker applied for the same position with a different employer. I prayed the novena and prayer for Father McGivney’s beatification for my wife’s work situation to improve and for her to be hired for the position she applied for. Yesterday, October 29, on Day 8 of the novena, my wife was hired at the new employer with a small increase in pay! She starts her new position on November 16.” — Resident of Rio Rico, Ariz. (submitted Oct. 31, 2020)
Recovery After a Heart Attack
“I heard that an acquaintance suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital. Upon hearing the news, I prayed to Father McGivney and continued praying the next several days. Then I asked a friend if she had heard any news, and she said that the family was saying goodbyes and withdrawing life support. I returned home and prayed again to Father McGivney for a miraculous recovery and comfort to her husband and three children. The next day, I received an email that she was awake and they had prayed over her with a relic of Father McGivney.” — Resident of West Hartford, Conn. (submitted Dec. 11, 2020)
Healing of My Son
“Around 1 a.m. this morning, I was awakened by my wife’s loud voice, saying that our second son’s body temp reached an astonishing 40 deg C (104 F) and he also vomited twice. She gave one dose of paracetamol and 30 minutes later, she fell asleep. I extended my right hand to our son and touched his forehead. I offered a prayer and asked for Blessed Michael McGivney’s intercession to heal our son. When my wife woke up around 8 a.m. to check his condition, she was surprised that his fever was gone entirely.” — Resident of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines (submitted Nov. 15, 2020)
A Successful Ultrasound Project
“Council 4877 successfully raised over $23,000 for an ultrasound machine for the Charis Pregnancy Help Center in Fond du Lac, Wisc. The miraculous part was that it was completed in fewer than five months, ending the last week of October 2020. The members of our council used the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney to ask for his intercession for our project. Donations ranged in amounts from $20 to a single donation of $15,000 by a local couple. Many Wisconsin K of C councils and local residents contributed to the cause. Thanks be to God!” — Resident of Wipon, Wisc. (submitted Dec. 15, 2020)
Cured Throat Cancer
“In the fall of 2019, David informed all of us that he had contracted Stage 4 throat cancer and his doctors told him that he had maybe six months to live since the cancer was discovered so late in the process. It was during a family Zoom visitation on Christmas Day that Dave gave us all the very exciting news that his doctors have told him that he somehow (they claim that they do not know how) no longer has any active cancer cells actively attacking his body at this time. Many Knights have been praying for David for many months now.” — Resident of Norwalk, Calif. (submitted Dec. 27, 2020)
Help in Hotel Industry During Pandemic
“I work in the hotel industry. With the new government regulations, we missed being allowed to operate as a quarantine hotel. It had a huge impact on our team’s livelihoods. I prayed to Father McGivney for help that we may be considered. Yesterday, my prayer was answered — we have been added and accepted as a quarantine hotel. Of note, Father McGivney’s feast day is the same as my birthday; he was an immigrant, so am I; he died during a pandemic, and he has answered my prayer during a pandemic. I truly believe that Father McGivney has been instrumental in interceding and allowing my prayer to be answered.” — Resident of Hong Kong (submitted Jan. 19, 2021)
“I had pain in my left leg for a long time. I talked to my doctor about it, but nothing was done. After years of complaining, I was referred to a specialist who could not find anything wrong, but the pain did not go away. I prayed to Blessed Michael McGivney and the pain went away. This was before Father Michael was elevated to “blessed.” I thank Father McGivney and God for this favor.” — Resident of Florida (submitted Jan. 26, 2021)
Helping a Seminarian
“I am a seminarian from the Philippines. Since I was a child, I have heard about Father Michael. When I was about to enter the seminary, I asked his kind intercession so that I may pass the entrance exam and after many days, the seminary said that I passed. He helped me, he interceded for me, and I chose him as my patron.” — Resident of the Philippines (submitted Feb. 25, 2021)
Have you prayed for Blessed Michael McGivney’s intercession? Do you believe God has granted a favor in connection with these prayers? If so, please report them here. Do you have a favor believed to have been granted due to the intercession of Father McGivney? Submit it here.
Join Knights and their families everywhere in praying the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney.