Lillian Halasinski, a life long resident of Dunkirk, New York, was introduced to Mary Angela Truszkowska by Sister Mary Leocretia Laskowski. Sister Leocretia regularly visited Mrs. Halasinski in Brooks Memorial Hospital and brought her communion. During one of her visits, she told Lillian about Mary Angela, gave her a picture and encouraged her to pray to Mary Angela. According to Lillian, she prayed to Mary Angela every day from that time on. On January 4, 1984, Lillian sat in the living room of her home in Dunkirk crying from the extreme pain and praying for relief. It was at that time that Lillian felt the presence of Mary Angela, experienced a beautiful sense of quiet and peace, and suddenly was well.
The inquiry was conducted under the jurisdiction of Bishop Edward D. Head, Ordinary of the Diocese of Buffalo. Bernardino da Siena, Postulator of Mother Mary Angela’s cause, came from Rome, Italy to participate in the proceedings. Sister Mary Antonelle Dziechciarz, Vice-Postulator in America, was also present , along with other witnesses as required by the norms. Sister Antonelle conducted the preliminary investigation into the claimed miracle and gathered the materials and reports on the case initially submitted to Rome.
Lillian suffered from diabetic neuropathy, a condition that was medically incurable. It is not easy to become a saint; neither is it easy to be declared one by the Church. The Church’s procedure for declaring a saint consists of two processes, beatification and canonization.