Photographs by Felix Carroll Before the beatification ceremony began, Fran Bourdon, the executive director of the Association of Marian Helpers, shareed a brief history of the apostolic work of the Marians in the United States.The beatification was broadcast live on national television in Poland.The President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, is led to his seat for the beatification of Fr. Staniisłaus, the Founder of the Marian Congregation.Polish pilgrims flocked to Lichen for the beatification of a man whom Pope Benedict XVI has singled out as “a father of the poor.”Singers from the small village of Podegrodzie were on hand. Blessed Stanisłaus was born in 1631 in Podegrodzie, in southeastern Poland.During the beatification, many took the time to reflect upon the virtues of the Church’s new blessed.In Poland, people have long viewed Blessed Stanislaus as a “saint,” a holy man in whom they can model their own lives.To the side of the altar at the shrine in Lichen, was a statue of Pope John Paul II, who entrusted the world to Divine Mercy and who called upon the Marians to continue spreading the message of mercy.Father Joe Roesch, MIC, serves in Rome on the General Council of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. He’s also a columnist for Marian Helper magazine.The weather was perfect during the beatification, which drew cardinals, bishops, priests, and religious from five continents.The Most Rev. Bishop Elliott Thomas, coworker of the Marians and retired Bishop of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, sees a familiar face during the closing procession.