“We hope all these will finally lead to the fulfillment of the cause and that Fr. Willmann will eventually be declared a Saint,” said Chairman of the Knights of Columbus Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc Jose C. Reyes Jr.
According to CBCP News, George Willmann was declared Filipino citizen by President Ferdinand E. Marcos through Presidential Decree No. 740 on July 1, 1975. Willmann was honored for his “virtuous acts, compassionate leadership and for his kind and loving service to the Filipino people.”
“Fr. Willmann has continuously resided in the Philippines since 1936 and during such period has shared with Filipinos his heroic virtues, ideals and aspirations. He dedicated his life in social work and humanitarian services to this country, to the Filipino people,” Jose C. Reyes Jr said.
George Willmann made The Knights of Columbus flourish when he took leadership after the Second World War.
Currently, there are two Filipino saints, first is Lorenzo Ruiz and the other is Pedro Calungsod.