mIGUEL TOMASZEK ofm conv

Miguel Tomaszek was born on September 23, 1960 in Łękawica and was baptized a month later in St. Miguel Parish there. He was already an altar boy when he received his First Communion In 1969. His father died that same year. At age 15, he entered the Conventual Franciscans’ minor seminary in Legnica. 

In 1980 he began the novitiate in Smardzewice. On October 4, 1980, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, he wore the Franciscan habit for the first time and a year later he professed temporary vows. Friar Miguel studied philosophy and theology at the Conventual Franciscan seminary in Cracow, where he defended his thesis on moral theology two years after having made solemn profession. He was ordained a priest on May 23, 1987, when he was 27. The next two years he worked as an assistant in the Pieńsk parish.

On 24 July 1989, feast of St. James, Miguel left full of excitement and enthusiasm for Peru as a missionary. His missionary activity lasted just two short years, because on August 9, 1991 he was murdered in the town of Pariacoto, when he was only 31 years old, along with his friar companion, Zbigniew. Three days later both were buried in the parish church at Pariacoto and on June 5, 1995 their beatification process was opened.

Fr. Miguel was a man of deep faith, simple and prayerful, evangelical and generous. He had a great love for the Blessed Virgin and touched children and young people especially through his great gift for music.

 

ZBIGNIEW STRZAŁKOWSKI ofm conv

Zbigniew was born in Tarnów on July 3, 1958, and was baptized in the Cathedral there a week later. In 1967 he received his First Communion. After primary school, Zbigniew went to technical school in his hometown and began to work at age 20. A year later he entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscan friars. From 1980 to 1986 he studied philosophy and theology in Cracow . On December 8, 1984, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, he professed solemn vows and on 7 June 1986, at age 28, he was ordained a priest in Wroclaw. For two years he worked as Vice-Rector of the Conventual seminary in Legnica. Then, on November 30, 1988, Feast of Saint Andrew, he traveled to Peru to work as a missionary. Two years later, on 9 August 1991, he was killed along with Friar Miguel in Pariacoto.

Friar Zbigniew had a gift for organization and was very responsible. He loved nature, and was passionate about serving others like St. Francis and St. Maximilian Kolbe.