World Celebrates as Two Martyred Friars Beatified
On December 5, 2015 in a stadium in Chimbote, Peru, His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, 500 priests, and a congregation of 25,000 people celebrated the Mass of Beatification for Friars Michal (Miguel) Tomaszek, OFM Conv. and Zbigniew Strzalkowski, OFM Conv. Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., the Minister Provincial of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, participated in the ceremony.
Slain by the Marxist guerilla organization the Shining Path on August 9, 1991 in the mission of Pariacoto, Friars Miguel and Zbigniew are the first declared martyrs of Peru. The theme of the Beatification was “Testigos de la Esperanza,” or Witnesses of Hope, and recognized the firm faith and joyful charity the the men embodied even unto death.