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The cause of Brother Anthony Kowalczyk moves forward
08/04/2011 General Postulation

Some months ago, the new Relator General for Causes of Saints told Fr. Joaquin MARTINEZ, our postulator, that according to a note left for him by his predecessor, the Oblates had abandoned the Cause of our humble and pious Brother “Ave Maria,” Anthony KOWALZCYK. After hearing the surprised reaction of the Postulator, who told him that at that precise moment, he was studying a presumed miracle attributed to Brother’s intercession, the Relator went to the records to verify the status of the Cause; he noted that the cause was neither dormant, much less abandoned by the Oblates.


Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II), in September 1969,
was at Saint Albert to pray before the grotto of the Virgin
constructed by Brother Anthony.

The Postulator recently received a call asking him to send as quickly as possible to the Congregation for Saints ten copies of the “Positio” on Brother Anthony. His was the first cause on the waiting list and the theologian consultors would proceed to study it in order to give their verdict on his heroic virtues so as to proclaim him “Venerable.” It is a crucial step in the journey to canonization. Let us ask God for a miracle through the intercession of the Servant of God, so that we achieve soon the beatification of an Oblate who is not a priest. This will help us understand that our religious consecration goes before ordination and not just chronologically. (Joaquín MARTÍNEZ, General Postulator)