on August 14, 2007, after the Vigil Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption, the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe when our foundress' life was saved from a near death poisoning. In the midst of this experience she conceived her daughter Elena, at that time the eighth of her now fourteen children.
It was during this pregnancy in January of 2008, and her baby’s possible diagnosis of Down syndrome that she was given the inspiration for “The Chaplet of the Fiat.”
On May 15, 2008, the Feast of St. Dymphna, her daughter Elena was born with Down syndrome. In honor of Elena and all children with Down syndrome she and her husband founded Angels in Disguise, a charity established to aid those with special needs on Elena’s first birthday.
On January 1, 2010, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God she, her husband, and their family consecrated themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary using St. Maximilian’s form of consecration.
Sister Caryn and Elena Rose Michalak
In the spring of 2010 she was given another inspiration for another image, titled "The Fiat," which would later become another piece of “The Spirituality of the Fiat.” It was at this time that she and her husband were also called by Our Lady to found Immaculata Classical Academy, a school that embraces both typical children and those with special needs.
On August 14, the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz blessed the mission of the school, and in September 2010 the doors opened to welcome the first students of Our Lady.
In the fall of 2010 she was inspired with yet another image, “Will you console Me,” and by the fall of 2011 another titled, “Mercy,” that when taken together form a beautiful teaching on perfection…for, “If the Supreme Law is to live the will of God and the fulfillment of the law is love, then the heart and center of perfection is mercy.”
It was in 2011 that a medallion bearing the image, “The Fiat,” and expressing the charism was struck that, would later be worn by The Sisters of the Fiat, the Lay Missionaries of the Fiat, and others as well.
In the summer of 2012 The Four Pillars Youth Group was born with the purpose of evangelizing the youth, drawing them into a greater relationship with Christ and His Blessed Mother.
On August 14, the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe the spiritual director of our foundress met with Archbishop Kurtz about the possibility of the founding of The Sisters of the Fiat. And in the fall of 2012 came yet, another image, “Our Lady, Queen of the Fiat.”
In November of 2012, the Presentation of Mary, two young ladies met with Archbishop Kurtz expressing their desire to begin, and on December 8, 2012 they moved into their first rental house, and by the 12th of December they put on the common dress.
In the spring of 2013 she was inspired with “The Chaplet of the Flagellation.”
On August 15, 2014 a generous benefactor purchased a house that would become their first convent named after Our Lady, Queen of the Fiat.
On October 12, the Maternity of Mary, with the blessing of Archbishop Kurtz, The Lay Missionaries of the Fiat began.
On January 15, 2015, the Feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Kolbe’s List began, composed of children with Down syndrome from around the world whose adoptive families would be recipients of grants from Angels in Disguise to aid their families in the adoption process, saving them from almost certain death.