RIGHT REVEREND MONSIGNOR EDWARD J. HIGGINS, L.L.D .
July 7, 1890 – September 5, 1963
Founder of the Catholic War Veterans, USA
Important Dates in Catholic War Veterans’ History
In early 1935 – Msgr. (then Father) Edward J. Higgins, with permission of his Bishop Ordinary, Most Reverend Thomas E. Molloy of the Diocese of Brooklyn, gathered together a few parishoners from his parish, Church of the Immaculate Conception in New York, who had served in World War I, and organized the first Post of the Catholic War Veterans, A storia Post #1, which is a Post of Queens Chapter, Department of New York.
May 19, 1935 – Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America was incorporated under the l aws of the State of New York.
May 1935 – Father Higgins journeyed to Rome. Pope Pius XI bestowed his blessing upon the Catholic War Veterans, and blessed the American and Papal flags of the CWV.
July 1940 – The Catholic War Veterans was officially recognized as a Veterans Organization by the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C.
August 17, 1984 – President Ronald Reagan signs legislation granting the Catholic War Veterans (CWV) a Congressional Charter, being the 59th group to receive a Federal Charter, expressing deep admiration for our commitment to serve both God and Country. Click HERE to read our Charter.
Read the Early History of The Catholic War Veterans – click HERE
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