On Sunday, October 9, 2016 the John Paul II Foundation Chapter in Great Britain solemnly celebrated the Papal Day. At noon, at the A. Bobola Church in London a holy mass in the intention of the Foundation was celebrated by the Rector of the PMK, Prelate Stefan Wylężek. The homily was delivered by the Pastor of the Church, Rev. Marek Reczek. Mass was attended by the RP Ambassador prof. Arkady Rzegocki, Management, and members of the Chapter.
After the mass, attendees went to the restaurant “Łowiczanka” for a dinner. President Ewa Szymańska cordially welcomed all: Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Rector of the PMK, Management, members, and friends of the John Paul II Foundation Chapter in Great Britain. Then, Monsignor Stefan Wylężek led the prayer in the Foundation’s intention and presented a Gold Medal of Merit to a few members of the Chapter. The medal was awarded to: Barbara Bakst, Krystyna Gorczyńska, Eleonora Kwiatek, Grażyna Pietrykowska, Maria Stenzel, dr Andrzej Suchcitz and Bronisława Wadlewska. Not all individuals listed here were able to attend the celebrations, thus some will be awarded at the Christmas Wafer meeting in January 2017.
The Friends of John Paul II Foundation, Washington DC Chapter, held its annual "Wadowice on the Potomac" Banquet at the prestigious Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA, on October 1, 2016. Monsignor Anthony Czarnecki was the honoree at this year’s banquet. Each year, the Friends of JP II select a prominent person who has promoted our beloved late Pope John Paul II through his example, teachings and pastoral works. Previous lay and religious honorees have included George Weigel, Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Vigano, and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock of the Virginia State Legislature. Monsignor Czarnecki was greeted at the banquet and was applauded for his devotion in establishing the first chapter of the Friends of John Paul II Foundation in New England.