Augustinian Father John Joseph McKniff, born in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1905, professed as a Religious in 1924, ordained in 1930, is a candidate for canonization.

Sent early in his priesthood to The Philippines, he was called home because of poor health. Undaunted, he went to Cuba where he was a beloved pastor. When the Castro regime expelled all foreign-born priests, Father McKniff alone was allowed to remain. He was held in high esteem. Nevertheless he was imprisoned.

After returning to the United States, he went to Peru and organized a plan for rural evangelization. He died in Miami in 1994.

Liturgical Reform: Preserve, Explore

Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll professed as a monk of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon in 1973 and was ordained in 1981.

The Holy See on several occasions has recognized his expertise in theology and liturgy. He has written a number of books. He told Catholic News Service at the time of the new translation of the Roman Missal that it was an appropriate effort to preserve in English the teachings of the Church.

He was among the scholars selected to accomplish the translation. He said that the Second Vatican Council initiated liturgical reform and refinement. It must be ongoing.

Christian Unity

The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, came in 1908, developed by Graymoor Franciscan Father Peter Wattson, a convert from Episcopalianism. Pope St. Pius X blessed the concept. Pope Benedict XV urged Catholics worldwide to observe it.

Fifty Years Ago

In January 1964, The Priest published an article about the “Lost Christians” of Nagasaki, Japan, who were faithful to the Church for over 250 years without priests or Sacraments. Another article explored renting public school classrooms on weekends for religious education. A priest urged consideration of Sunday night Masses to increase attendance.

‘Go in Peace’

“The Lord, the Mighty One, has come.” — Psalm 50:1