At the end of the novena of study and preparation for the liturgical feast, on January 30 the Congregations of St. Michael the Archangel commemorated their “father”, Bronislao Markiewicz: a Polish priest, he lavished his entire life in the pastoral service of the poor, the marginalized and above all, of children and young people.
On this day there was a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for the gift of the blessed founder and, at the same time, that of supplication so that he can be recognized as a saint by the universal Church as soon as possible.
Two important presences also contributed to honoring the figure and, above all, the spiritual legacy of Father Markiewicz: Card. Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, came to the shrine to experience two days of retreat and prayer; and the Archbishop Emeritus of Lecce, Msgr. Domenico D’Ambrosio, former Pastor of the Sipontine Diocese and, since then, fraternally linked to the Michelites, custodians of the Sacred Grotto.