Tennessee boy’s cure puts Blessed McGivney one step closer to sainthood

Blessed Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and recognized as “an outstanding witness of Christian solidarity and fraternal assistance” was elevated one step closer to sainthood during the Oct. 31 Mass of beatification at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut.

Michael “Mikey” McGivney Schachle, 5, of Dickson, Tennessee, is the child whose in-utero healing from a life-threatening condition was confirmed by Pope Francis as a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed McGivney.

Mikey and his parents Daniel and Michelle, parishioners at St. Christopher Church in Dickson, Tenn., participated in the beatification ceremonies in Hartford the weekend of Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville also traveled to Hartford for the beatification Mass on Oct. 31.

Other events during the weekend included: a prayer vigil at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 30, the eve of the beatification of Blessed McGivney; a candlelight procession in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 31; a Mass of Thanksgiving on Nov. 1 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., where the remains of Blessed Michael McGivney are entombed.

Editor’s Note: To see more photos of Mikey Schachle and his family at their home in Dickson, Tennessee, view this slideshow: https://tennesseeregister.com/miracle-for-mikey-dickson-boys-cure-opens-door-to-k-of-c-founders-beatification-2/