Rome (Italy). On 30 August 1951, in Pogrzebień, ended the earthly life of Venerable Mother Laura Meozzi, Italian missionary who arrived in Poland in 1922 at the head of the first group of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, who settled in Różanystok and opened the orphanage for children deprived of their parents during the First World War and the Soviet-Polish War (1920).
Pogrzebień was the last house where Mother Laura, after returning with 120 children from Laurów due to the movement of the borders between Lithuania and Poland, spent the last five years of her life (1946-1951). This building, obtained by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1946 and destined for the novitiate of the FMA, during the Second World War was a Kinderlager, that is a concentration camp for children whose parents were taken to extermination camps. For this reason Mother Laura wanted the novices and the sisters, with their life and prayer, to be a continuous act of reparation for the crimes that happened in this place. Over the course of her life, those walls were filled with the joyful presence of the children of the kindergarten, the girls and boys of the “after school”, the oratory and of the young women of the sewing course. Here, 69 years ago at 0:45 am of 30 August 1951, surrounded by her sisters, she gave her soul to God.
Three houses with children: Różanystok, Laurów, Pogrzebień and Mother Laura Meozzi among them, are a proposal to study her spiritual motherhood, typical characteristic of the FMA, and to live, from 27 to 29 August, the Triduum in preparation for her remembrance on 30 August 2020, offering prayers for both the children and for the progress of her Cause of beatification.
The last prayer request is for a 14-month-old boy named Leo, who is fighting for his life. If it is God’s will, it could be the miracle for the Beatification of Mother Laura.