Unified prayer, and unity in general, is a critical response for Catholics during tumultuous times. As one of the four principles of the Knights of Columbus, unity was essential to the vision of soon-to-be-beatified Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus’s founder. He stated that by promoting unity “members would gain the strength to bestow charity on each other.”
Father McGivney founded the Knights during a time of widespread anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant sentiment. But because the Knights of Columbus were united by timeless values and faith, the Order was able to offer an opportunity for men to serve their communities — and their countries — in a manner that overcame divisions and built a unified brotherhood through which members could financially and spiritually support each other.