The event celebrated the late Rev. Michael McGivney, who created the Knights of Columbus fraternal Catholic group in 1882 and is being considered for sainthood by the Vatican.
McGivney was a Waterbury native and assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven when he founded the group.
Holy Land USA opened in 1955 and once attracted about 40,000 visitors a year before falling into disrepair and closing in 1984. The site still features a 52-foot high illuminated cross.