Servant of God, Fr. George J. Willmann’s 120th Birth Anniversary

FATHER GEORGE J. WILLMANN, was born at Brooklyn, New York. An American citizen yet when he set his foot on the Philippine soil, he fell in love with the country and the Filipinos (excerpt from the homily of Jaime Card. Sin on Fr. George’s funeral mass).

“Fr.McGivney of the Philippines” as the Past Supreme Knig ht Virg il Dechant called Fr. George. As a holy man, he was known as a man of profound faith in action. He was like a walking catechesis wherein he used his ample time to give Christ to every person he met.

He also lived poor and loved the poor. Despite the comfort he has inside the Jesuit House and the Ateneo de Manila (located that time within the Walled City of Manila), he chose to be with the poor. He was God’s instrument that the church may reach the real church, as our Supreme Pontiff Francis quotes, “The Church of the Poor.” Fr. Willmann also was a firm believer in the cause of the youth. He was like our National Hero who believes that the youth of today is the hope of the future.

That is the very reason why he doesn’t only give his focus on the Order of the Knights of Columbus itself but also to the youth by giving them recreational activities and catechisms that made them feel that they were part of the church.

On the 120th year of his birth anniversary, the Order of the Knights of Columbus and its insurance arm which he founded, the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc., whom hand-in-hand strives for his Causes of Beatification and Canonization, submits to the Divine Will that on the coming days Fr. George will be raised to the honors of the altar. (JSServiento)

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