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RCAM to open ‘PH Knights’ founder’s cause


The Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) is set to open formally the diocesan process of the cause of Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J., founder of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association in the Philippines *(KCFAPI), on Monday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m., in a Mass to be presided over by Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle at the Manila Cathedral.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr., who also chairs the National Executive Committee on the Cause of Fr. Willmann, notes in a letter that the “historic and momentous occasion” will mark an important milestone for the cause to raise the naturalized Filipino Jesuit to the honor of the Altar.

Road to sainthood

According to “Sanctorum Mater,” or the Instruction for the Conducting Diocesan and Eparchial Inquiries in the Causes of Saints, the diocesan process is the first step before a deceased Catholic who is proven to have lived a life of holiness and heroic virtue is considered for beatification and eventual canonization.

This allows the bishop, in whose diocese the candidate for sainthood lived and died—in this case, Tagle and RCAM, respectively—to evaluate the documentation collected and presented by his or her postulator, and ensure that the reputation of holiness or martyrdom and of intercessory power exist.

Others members of the clergy expected to grace the forthcoming event are Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista, and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, III of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office and postulator of the Willmann’s cause.


Dubbed the “Fr. McGivney of the Philippines” due to his dedication to expand K of C locally, Willmann worked for the radical transformation of faith into action.

Born on June 29, 1897 to very devout Catholic parents in Brooklyn, New York, the American Jesuit was later granted Philippine citizenship by President Ferdinand Marcos through Presidential Decree No. 740.

In 1938, he first served as chaplain of K of C Manila Council 1000, then returned in 1954 to become the Order’s first Philippine Deputy until his death in 1977.

All in all, the priest spent 44 fruitful and productive years in the Philippines serving the poor, the sick, the orphans, the oppressed, the lonely, and the desolate, especially the young ones.


Besides what is formally known as the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) which he founded in 1958, Willmann went on to establish other organizations, as follows:

  • Catholic Youth Organization (1938)
  • Establishment of the Catholic Press, “Filipinas” and the “Cross” Magazines (1946)
  • Columbian Squires in the Philippines (1950)
  • Daughters of Isabella in the Philippines (1951), reorganized as Daughters of Mary Immaculate (1977)
  • Columban Farmers Aid Association (1951), reorganized as Knights of Columbus Community Service , Inc (1962)
  • Knights of Columbus Philippines Foundation Inc (1971)

(Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)


Producers’ Forum


An updates on the new insurance plans and rates were discussed by the Fraternal Benefits Group of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc (KCFAPI) led by Vice President for FBG Gari San Sebastian and FBG Manager Michael Cabra on March 30, 2015. The participants were fraternal counselors from different areas, which were able to visit the Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ Museum after their one-day forum. (FBG News)

Museum VIsit

Thank you!

Museum VIsit

Clockwise from top: 1. Photo of 2015 Officers of HOLUAP (Home Office Life Underwriters Association of the Philippines) headed by its President and KCFAPI Underwriting Manager, Ms. Carmelita S. Ruiz (seated, 6th from left) during their courtesy call with KCFAPI EVP, Ma. Theresa G. Curia (standing). Prior to the courtesy call, the group composed of Ms. Florence C. Luzande of Philamlife, Ms. Lea Buenaobra of AXA Life Philippines, Mr. Dennis Baluyut of Manulife, Ms. Maria Louisa Penuliar of Insular Life and Mr. Alvin Gregorio of CISP visited the Fr. George J. Willlmann Museum with KC Foundations Executive Director, Mr Roberto T Cruz as their tour guide. 2. Brother Knights from San Mateo Council and 3. Photo of Brother Knights from Nueva Ecija with KC Foundations Executive Director Roberto T. Cruz during their respective visits to the Fr. Willmann Museum. 4. Photo of Father Jesuit Provincial Fr. Antonio Moreno and Fr. Catalino Arevalo together with Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, KCFAPI VP Gari San Sebastian and KC Foundations Executive Director Roberto T. Cruz with their family members during KCFAPI’s lunch treat at the El Mitre following their visit to the Fr. Willmann Museum.


Come one, come all…. RUN ALONG THE WALL!!!

Join “The Great Walled City Run 2015” on September 6, 2015 (Sunday) at the historical Intramuros, Manila.

Be part of the fun ad run for cause as KCFAPI celebrates its 57th anniversary in September.  Proceeds of The Great Walled City Run 2015 will support the charitable activities of KCFAPI’s foundations.  For more details, please see poster below