A stained-glass window has been installed at St. Francis Xavier Church in Metairie depicting Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.
The window was donated by the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Henry C. Bezou Council #8546, based at St. Francis Xavier.
Council No. 8546 Grand Knight Rick Redmann described McGivney as an American-born priest, the eldest of 13 children of Irish immigrant parents, who founded the Knights of Columbus as a mutual aid society in 1882.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond blessed the window Oct. 18, accompanied by pastor Msgr. Andrew Taormina and attended by deacons Arthur Kingsmill and Robert Normand.
“We believe this is only the fourth window dedicated to Father McGivney in the United States,” Redmann said, listing three others at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut; Holy Family Church in South Ogden, Utah; and the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Several ranking Knights of Columbus from across the state attended the service, including Sir Knight Russell Ruh, vice supreme master of the 4th Degree Bienville Province; Sir Knight Leroy Dufrene, marshal of the 4th Degree Archdiocese of New Orleans; Sir Knight Don Ducote, marshal of the Louisiana District; Sir Knight Ron Fogarty, former master of the Louisiana District; Sir Knight David Lemaire, master of the Louisiana District; and Sir Patrick Guise, grand knight of De La Salle Council No. 3411.