The novena in preparation for the Feast of Bronislao Markiewicz took place from 21 to 29 January.
The Polish priest, contemporary and friend of Don Bosco, founded the Congregation in 1902 which, placed under the protection of the Archangel Michael and inspired by the principles of temperance and work, today guards the Sacred Grotto of the Gargano.
His existence was characterized by incessant prayer and profound charity, directed above all to needy and abandoned children and young people. An example, therefore, of holiness that is as timely as ever in a world marked by spiritual relativism and by strong economic and social disparities.
«Bronislao was an instrument of development and of positive innovation for his society and, consequently, for the modern one: for this reason his life is for us both a call to open our eyes to the suffering and needs of the least and the little ones and a guide on the path to holiness”: commenting on the Word of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Msgr. Franco Moscone has traced the figure of the Founder of the Michelites, considering him perfectly inserted in the “reality” of the Beatitudes. Indeed, the Archbishop of Manfredonia – Vieste – San Giovanni Rotondo presided over the solemn Eucharist on Sunday 29 January, anticipating by one day the liturgical memorial of the “father” of the religious of the Sanctuary.
On January 30, then, the Holy Masses in honor of Blessed Markiewicz – and, in particular, the one concelebrated by all the CSMA priests – took on the double meaning of thanksgiving and supplication for his canonization.