Excerpt from a September 17, 2015 letter from the Most Reverend Fr. Marco Tasca, OFM Conv., Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Rome)
Giving One’s Life
The Heart and Possibility of the Mission
In View of the Beatification of Friar Miguel and Friar Zbigniew
The year dedicated to the consecrated life is coming to an end. It has been a year of deeper understanding about what it means to be prophetic in the heart of the Church and for the world. Now we are on the cusp of a jubilee year whose theme will be mercy, that mercy upon which “our salvation depends” and which is “the bridge that connects God and man” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus no. 2). On December 5, two of our confreres, Friar Michał Tomaszek and Friar Zbigniew Strzałkowski will be beatified. …
My dear brothers, may the Lord give you Peace!
Friar Marco Tasca
Events Connected to the Beatification
December 4, 2015: Prayer vigil late evening and night – Cathedral of Chimbote
December 5, 2015: Beatification, 10:00 a.m. – Chimbote Stadium, Ancash Region, Peru
December 6, 2015: Mass of Thanksgiving, 10:00 a.m. – Señor de Mayo Church, Pariacoto
December 7, 2015: Mass of Thanksgiving, 8:00 p.m. – Nuestra Señora de la Piedad Church, Lima
December 8, 2015: Mass of Thanksgiving, 8:00 p.m. – Cathedral of Lima,
presided by His Eminence Juan Luis Cardinal Cipriani Thorne, Archbishop of Lima
Read more about these Conventual Franciscan friars from Poland who were murdered by Shining Path guerrillas in the Pariacoto District of the province Huaraz -Peru, on August 9, 1991 (as well as Father Alessandro Dordi – killed August 25, 1991).
Please take a moment to read: “A Witness to the Life and Martyrdomof Friars Michał Tomaszek and Zbigniew,” by Fr Jarosław Wysoczański, OFM Conv., who lived and worked with these two friars, who “dedicated themselves to serving the people with both hands — with the Gospel and charity — in order to restore to them the dignity of the sons and daughters of God.”