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Holly Meyer Nashville Tennessean USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE The Catholic Church believes it is a miracle that Michael Schachle, a 5-year-old Tennessee boy, is alive today.

As a result,

the Dickson child plays a critical role in one priest’s path to sainthood. The multi-step process requires

church-recognized miracles — one for beatification and one for canonization.

The Tennessee boy’s survival is considered to be the first of those pope-approved miracles attributable to the intercession of the

late Michael J. McGivney , the founder of the Knights of Columbus who died 130 years ago amid a pandemic.

McGivney was beatified Saturday in a special church service held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in his home state of Connecticut. In attendance, were Michael Schachle, who is the youngest of 13 children, and several of his family members.

His parents, Daniel and Michelle Schachle, said it is humbling and surreal to be at the center of McGivney’s journey to sainthood.

The family has had a longstanding devotion to the 19th-century priest who ministered to Irish Americans and immigrants during a time of increased anti-Catholic sentiment in the U.S. Their homeschool is named for McGivney, and Daniel Schachle served in the 2 million member fraternal organization founded by the priest. He also is a Knights of Columbus insurance agent.

'Obviously, we’re not perfect. So we know we don’t deserve any of this,' Daniel Schachle said in a Friday interview. 'We just want to reflect very well on Father McGivney’s legacy because he’s done so much for our family.'

When their son was in utero, an ultrasound showed he suffered from a grave case of fetal hydrops, the Dickson couple said. They prayed, asking McGivney to intercede. When the parents returned for a follow-up doctors appointment, the condition was gone, they said.

'I never thought really that God couldn’t do it. I just didn’t know if he would,' Michelle Schachle said.

Michael McGivney Schachle was born on May 15, 2015. He has Down syndrome and experienced some medical challenges early on, but he is healthy and doing well, Michelle Schachle said.

'He is very happy, loved and just everyone’s favorite baby in the family undeniably,' Michelle Schachle said.

With the help of the Schachle family, word of Michael Schachle’s survival and their prayers to McGivney reached those working on the priest’s cause for sainthood. The effort began in the 1980s.

'We’ve said often that Michael is the beneficiary of prayers from Knights all over the world for a miracle for Father McGivney,' Daniel Schachle said. 'We’ve been pretty grateful for all those people who’ve been praying.'

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Diocese of Nashville investigated the case as a miraculous healing before it was sent to Rome for consideration. In May, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had approved the miracle as attributable to McGivney’s intercession. One more documented miracle is required before McGivney can be canonized as a saint.

'The beatification process is extremely rigorous. You have to show beyond any sort of a doubt that this is in fact a miracle,' said Victoria Verderame, a spokesperson for the Knights of Columbus.

Throughout the weekend, Catholics, including members of the Knights of Columbus, celebrated McGivney’s beatification.

'This is really a moment for everyone,' Verderame said in a Friday interview. 'Non-Catholics can relate a lot to Father McGivney just because he was often called upon to be a Good Samaritan and he wanted people to band together and unite and I think that resonates a lot today.'
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