Father Arcangelo Biasi (Girolamo)
He was born on December 7, 1897, in Sfruz (Trento), the son of Giovanni and Rosa Fedrizzi, the third of nine children.
At his baptism he received the name of Archangel, which he changed into that of Girolamo (Jerome) when he received the religious habit. At twelve, in 1909, he entered the College of Friars Minor Conventual of Camposampiero (Padua).
On October 4, 1915, he made his simple profession; then in October 1916 he was transferred to Rome, where on July 18, 1918, at the Lateran University, he graduated in philosophy and, on December 8, 1918, he made his solemn profession.
In the founding of M.I., Brother Jerome has a special place, because “coming back from 'La Vigna,'" as said Father Kolbe, "for the first time I spoke with Brother Girolamo Biasi and Father Giuseppe Pal about the foundation of the Association."
During the first meeting held after the vespers of the evening of October 16, 1917, when M.I. was started, Brother Jerome Biasi served as secretary.
Having fallen sick of tuberculosis, in July 1918 Brother Jerome was sent to Genoa, to the convent of Bolzaneto, to get healthy again.
After the rest period, he returned to Rome, but in December he was forced to interrupt his studies because of the illness that consumed him.
He returned to the Province and was sent to Arcella, for a complete rest. After recovering, in 1920 he resumed his theological studies in Padua. On July 16, 1922, he was ordained a priest in Padua, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Carmel, by Bishop Msgr. Pellizzo.
He celebrated his first Mass over the Holy Ark, and he was later bound to Venice, to the parish of Santa Maria Gloriosa as an associate pastor. He spent seven long years in many hospitals, in Venice, S. Pietro di Barbozza, Cres, Pula, Piran, Camposampiero.
In his suffering way, he learned to keep alive the flame of hope, accepting the will of God, while desiring the healing to be able to work in the Lord’s vineyard.
Despite his suffering, he was able to give peace and joy to his confreres and to the patients he met in the hospitals, despite the most complete inactivity and solitude to which he was forced.
In his bed of suffering, Father Jerome prayed offering, in a heroic way, his priestly service. He wrote:
"Jesus does not ask me extraordinary things, but He wants me to be faithful to Him in the small things and that through these things I give Him a proof of my love. "And continues, " erfection does not consist of arduous and difficult things, but of the accomplishment of our duties, accompanied by a great love for God and an ardent love for all men.".
In the eve of the feast of St. Luigi Gonzaga, on June 20, 1929, he died at age of 32, in the hospital of Camposampiero (Padua), consumed by his slow disease, smiling as he did during his whole life. He rests in a chapel of the Basilica of Camposampiero.
On November 17, 2000, he was recognized as Servant of God. His cause of beatification is underway.
Father Quirico Pignalberi
Born in Serrone (Frosinone) on July 11, 1891, son if Egidio and Caterina Proietti. Welcomed by the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, he professed his simple vows on November 14, 1909, and his solemn vows on December 8, 1913.
On August 10, 1917, he was ordained a priest. On March 12, 1918, he left for military service, returning a few months later for a long leave with his family.
He was then assigned to the friary of Capranica in Sutri (Rome).
On April 1, 1979, on the occasion of his pastoral visit to the parish of St. Bonaventure in Rome, entrusted to the Friars Minor Conventual, the Holy Father St. John Paul II met with Father Quirico Pignalberi, the last surviving companion of Father Kolbe and co-founder of M.I. Fr. Pignalberi died on July 18, 1982, at age 94 at Anzio.
He has left some manuscripts, a collection of his personal meditation notes, occasional sermons, instruction, preaching patterns, memories, letters. Because of his reputation for holiness, on June 29, 1992, his cause of beatification was begun.
On March 3, 2016, he was declared Venerable by Pope Francis.