On September 15, 2019, the friars of the Friary of the Assumption of the B.V.M. in Vilnius, Lithuania, celebrated the consecration of an altar and the enshrinement of the relics of Blessed Michael GIEDROYĆ (Augustinian) in our church in the Lithuanian capital.
Blessed Michael, although he belonged to a different spirituality, was certainly a fine example of holiness with Franciscan traits.
The next day, a new book by our confrere Friar Józef MAKARCZYK, was presented in the friary’s historic refectory. The book deals with the events regarding the presence of our Order in the ancient “Rus”, summarizing the history of the Franciscan mission in the territories of today’s Ukraine and south-eastern Poland.
Those participating in the celebrations included the Vicar General of the Order, Friar Jan MACIEJOWSKI and the Assistant General for the Foederatio Europae Mediae et Orientalis (FEMO), Friar Tomáš LESŇÁK. Friar Tomáš later visited the Order’s other presences in Klaipėda and Medininkai, Lithuania. There are nine friars in the Provincial Delegation of St. Casimir in Lithuania, of the Province of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe in Poland (Gdańsk).
Friar Tomáš LESŇÁK, Assistant General for the FEMO