Received theological training from Bishop Ernest Çoba of Shkodrë, Albania. Ordained on 8 December 1961 as a priest of the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. When the Communist government closed all churches in Albania in March 1967, Father Mikel travelled from village to village, ministering to the people, conducting covert Masses where he could. Arrested on 19 April 1973 in Beltoje, Albania, he was imprisoned for several months, tortured and finally given a trial; he used it to speak out against the Communists and their anti–Christian persecutions. Martyr.
- 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
- beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shën Shtjefnit, Shkodër, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato
- “Blessed Mikel Beltoja“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2016. Web. 28 April 2017. <>