The Knights of Columbus has been a champion of life throughout its history. Our founder, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, began the Order with a mission to help the widows and orphans of men who died all-too-soon, whether from illness or on- the-job, and to stand up against the anti-Catholic bigotry of the day, which often prevented Catholic men from obtaining decent paying jobs and adequate housing for their families. We provided food, respite, and some of the luxuries of home to soldiers fighting in Europe during WWI. We rallied to uphold the value of those deemed “undesirable” by the Ku Klux Klan during the first part of the 20th century. We have strongly supported the Special Olympics since its inception in 1968 and have fought for the rights of the unborn since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 legalizing abortion.


The Knights of Columbus believes in the sanctity of human life at every moment of existence. This Novena for Life stands as a testimony to that belief. Each day will focus on a different episode, stage, or event in life that most or all of us will experience. We fully acknowledge the many other milestones the novena does not cover. It is not meant to be complete. However, through Sacred Scripture, Silent Meditation, Prayer, and the spoken lyrics of many songs you likely know and love, we do hope it will draw each person closer to God.


Matthew 18:19-20 tells us “Again, [amen,] I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”, while Luke 11:9 says, “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Whether praying this novena alone or with others, in the public square or in the solitude of your home, may the Holy Spirit inspire you to boldly announce – through word and example – that all human life is important, all human life has value, and all human life is to be respected.


Martin Varela, Matthew Walsh, and Ronald Barnovsky


Immaculate Conception Council 13904 Nashua, NH May 2019 

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