RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 61151599 LA English T1 Parish priest : Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism A1 Brinkley, Douglas., Fenster, J. M., PB W. Morrow PP New York YR 2006 SN 0060776846 9780060776848 AB The son of Irish immigrants, McGivney was a man to whom "family values" represented more than mere rhetoric. And he left a legacy of hope still celebrated around the world. In the late 1800s, discrimination against American Catholics was widespread. Many Catholics struggled to find work and ended up in infernolike mills, where an injury or death would leave a family penniless. Called to action in 1882 by his sympathy for these suffering people, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, an organization that has helped to save countless families from the indignity of destitution. From its uncertain beginnings, it has grown to an international membership of 1.7 million men. At heart, though, Father McGivney was never anything more than an American parish priest, and nothing less than that, either--perhaps the most beloved parish priest in U.S. history.--From publisher description.