The Congregation of St Michael the Archangel (CSMA) known as the Michaelites was founded by Blessed Father Bronislaw Markiewicz. From the very beginning of his priestly life, he was particularly sensitive towards the religious, moral and material negligence of children and youth and to the misery of disadvantage people. Following the Divine Voice, he went to Italy and became a follower of Saint John Bosco.
After seven years, in 1892 he returned to Poland and began work in Miejsce Piastowe (South-east Poland). On 23rd September 1897 he petitioned the Bishop of Przemysl and the Pope to allow him to found the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel. On 29th September 1921, the Archbishop of Krakow, Adam Sapieha, issued the Decree formally establishing the Congregation. On 15th June 1966, the Congregation was approved by the Holy See.
Don Bosco created a vast movement of persons to bring the Gospel of Jesus to young people and to work for their benefit. He himself founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco), the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters), the Association of Salesian Cooperators, and the Association Devoted to Mary Help (ADMA). Since then other groups have formed. Today 31 groups make up the Salesian Family spread throughout the world. These Groups have specifically distinct vocations but they live in communion with each other, share Don Bosco’s charism of ministering to the young especially those who are poor and at risk.