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Father Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890) was a saintly Roman Catholic priest from Connecticut. In addition to the exemplary pastoral care that distinguished his devout priesthood, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus—the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. Laboring amidst the squalor of America’s Industrial Revolution and under the persecution oppressing so many immigrants of the time, Father McGivney evangelized culture with a visionary zeal. This heroic diocesan priest is hailed today as a true servant of charity, confessor of souls, apostle to the young, and protector of the Christian family. The play He Was Our Father was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, and premiered at the 2005 Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Chicago. The drama traces the priestly life of Father McGivney, highlighting historical events that were to become turning points for the Church and for the world. In 1996, Father McGivney’s cause for canonization was opened, and in 2008 Pope Benedict XVI declared Father McGivney “Venerable.”
Peter J. Cameron, O.P.
Peter John Cameron, O.P., (Playwright, Director) holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting from the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is the author of more than a dozen plays. His first play, Full of Grace, received the David Lloyd Kreeger Creativity Award and was performed in showcase at the Kennedy Center in 1988. Fr. Cameron's play about the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, The Sacrament of Memory, was produced in 1998 and will be produced again this fall at the Dicapo Opera Theatre in Manhattan. He recently wrote a screenplay for a video about the vocation to the priesthood produced by the Knights of Columbus. Fr. Cameron is the former Artistic Director of the American Catholic Theater, and the former Director of Creative Affairs for Paulist Productions, Los Angeles, and the founder of the Blackfriars Repertory Theatre.