A Priest for Just Twenty-Five Days, Father Michal Los Passes Away

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WARSAW – Following a terminal cancer diagnosis, Father Michal Los, FDP, passed away on June 17, 2019. He was a priest for just twenty-five days.

“We believe that he met with the Risen Christ whom he so desperately wanted to serve as a priest. Thank you for all your prayers and support,” the Polish Province of the Sons of Divine Providence said in a post on social media today.

Father Michal was from Dąbrowa Tarnowska, a town in southern Poland. He was studying in the seminary when doctors diagnosed him with stage four cancer.

Realizing the severity of his diagnosis, Michal worried that he would never be able to celebrate his first Mass.

His religious superiors obtained special permission from Pope Francis to allow Michal to be ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood in one Mass.

Bishop Marek Solarczyk of the Diocese of Warsaw-Praga ordained Michal. The day before his ordination to the priesthood, Los made his perpetual vows with the Congregation of the Orionine Fathers.

“Nothing will detach me from the love of Christ,” Father Michal said during the celebration of his first Mass from his hospital bed.

Father Michal celebrated his birthday in the hospital on June 7th. President Duda made a visit to the young priest’s hospital room and asked for a blessing.

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