NEW HAVEN – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pause in prayer in the reliquary room of the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven on Monday during the archbishop’s first visit to the museum and Supreme Council Headquarters since becoming archbishop of Hartford in December.
The reliquary room displays the burial vestments of Father Michael J. McGivney, the parish priest at St. Mary's Church in New Haven who founded the Catholic fraternal organization in 1882.
Archbishop Blair, a member of the Knights of Columbus, also visited the nearby St. Mary's Church to pray at the tomb of Father McGivney.
The Archdiocese of Hartford opened an investigation into Father McGivney's life, with a view toward formal recognition by the Church of his sainthood, in 1997.
Mr. Anderson escorted the archbishop through the museum and to several floors of the headquarters. Archbishop Blair also celebrated a Mass for the feast of Saint Katharine Drexel in Holy Family Chapel at the headquarters building. About 200 employees crowded into the chapel.
The visited ended after lunch with the supreme officers and senior Supreme Council staff.