Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko OSPPE, PhD - the Administrator of the John Paul II Foundation
By Włodzimierz Rędzioch
On October 16, 1981, John Paul II celebrated his third anniversary of election on the Peter’s Seat in a special way – he established the Foundation which bears his name. It is a Foundation which is active not only on a religious field, but also on the cultural and science field. The Pope, in his long distance view, saw the need for Catholic education in countries of the former Soviet Union by providing fellowship awards to students from the Eastern Europe – up to this day approximately 1,000 students received the support. The Foundation also provides assistance to pilgrims in Rome for whom the Polish Home at via Cassia is available. However, enormous documentation of the pontificate of John Paul II and popularization of the Pope’s teachings around the world could be considered the most successful part of the Foundation’s activities. Teaching is popularized by the Foundation’s Chapters which are active in 18 countries around the world.
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation, I spoke with the Administrator, Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko OSPPE, PhD.
On Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Parish of Christ the King in Göteborg, at the location of the Polish Catholic Mission, a meeting of the members of the John Paul II Foundation Chapter with Father Krzysztof Wieliczko, administrator of the Foundation in Rome, took place. Our nice guest honored us with the visit despite his busy time due to the preparations for the upcoming 35th anniversary of the Foundation. We are very grateful for that. Rector of the Polish Mission, Fr. Adam Piasecki OFM and prior presidents of the John Paul II Foundation Göteborg Chapter, Krystyna Kościelniak and Tomasz Stępiński, as well as the current president, Dorota Melzacka were present at the meeting. Individuals just named received beautiful pearl rosaries from Fr. Wieliczko.
During the meeting with members of the John Paul II Foundation Göteborg Chapter, Father Krzysztof brought closer goals of the Foundation’s activities, emphasizing one of the aspects – work with young people. He mentioned fellowship awardees, who thanks to the Foundation were able to receive education and strengthens in faith and thus are good ambassadors of the Foundation in the world. Then, we discussed important matters of the Foundation. We ended the meeting with the Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Krzysztof.
On Sunday, September 25, 2016 in the John Paul II's auditorium at the Polish church in Rome, took place an extraordinary meeting. At the invitation of the John Paul II Foundation in Rome and the Museum of Family House of John Paul II in Wadowice came to Rome Królikiewicz Halina Kwiatkowska, actress, educator, partner stage of Karol Wojtyła. She was the daughter of Jan Królikiewicz, director of the Marcin Wadowity's Gymnasium in Wadowice, where Wojtyła was a student. She met him in Wadowice's interschool theater. They performed together in "Antigone," "Balladyna" and "Maiden Vows". After graduating from the high school in 1938, along with Wojtyła, she began to study Polish philology at the Jagiellonian University. During the occupation, she studied in secret, worked and carried across the border letters of Karol Wojtyła and Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. Like Wojtyła, she performed in the underground Mieczyslaw Kotlarczyk's theater Rapsodyczny. Rehearsals were held at Tyniecka 10, where Wojtyla lived. Halina's husband, writer Tadeusz Kwiatkowski was also a friend of Wojtyła. Their daughter, Monika, was the first child baptized by the young priest Wojtyła. The actress has performed on the stages of Kraków's theathers: J.Słowacki Theatre and the Old Theatre. For many years she also taught at the Theatre School in Kraków. She is the author of dramas, plays, a book on good manners, as well as memories about Karol Wojtyła: "The great colleague." She participated in meetings of Wadowice's students with Pope John Paul II.