Halfway through the preparatory course

The summer course for candidates for a scholarship program at the John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin is mostly a time of intensive education under the guidance of experienced professors from the universities of Lublin. Young people from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine deepen their knowledge of Polish language and major subjects (biology, philosophy, history, mathematics, and English).  Beside classes, there is also time for...

Banquet in honor of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Papal Medal for Mieczysław Pająk

Tradition of the John Paul II Foundation Chapter in New York is to organize an annual banquet, during which one spiritual leader merited for Polonia and the John Paul II Foundation is distinguished.  This year, during the banquet that took place on June 2, 2019 at Princess Manor in Greenpoint, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was our Guest of Honor.  This date was special as the date exactly happened on the 40th anniversary of the first pilgrimage of...

Going back home and to the ends of the world…

– Your first pilgrimage together? – To Poland in June 1997. The journey home, you can tell. Then, the year 1999, Mexico and the United States. – For the first time, what previously the Archbishop watched on TV, now, the Archbishop was able to see from the backstage. What were your impressions? – During this pilgrimage through the ocean, I thought to myself that for the 79 years-old Pope this pilgrimage is beyond his...

He was a great strategist and diplomat

Somebody masterminded a joke: “What is the difference between a Pope and the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is everywhere, and the Pope was already there.”  Then, someone repeated to another person and so it began to be repeated not only at the Vatican.  Reportedly, John Paul II also laughed at it.   The Archbishop gives a short comment:  the Holy Father had his own vision of the papacy.  He always stressed that it is important to reach out to...

The sign of the Scapular

“The sign of the Scapular” – wrote Holy Father John Paul II – “…two truths are evoked by the sign of the Scapular: on the one hand, the constant protection of the Blessed Virgin, not only on life’s journey, but also at the moment of passing into the fullness of eternal glory; on the other, the awareness that devotion to her cannot be limited to prayers and tributes in her honor on certain occasions, but must become a “habit”...

For everyone he had some nice word.

He liked to look at the sunrise.   Also for that reason, he would get up early – at 5.15 a.m., no later than 5.30 a.m.; with age, when he got older then, a little later, but again – at the latest at 6 a.m.  Then...

In those years…

This, that Karol Wojtyła will be a different Pope, as he was carrying inside the legacy of a granite faith and history often very tragic, we realized even more from his homily, which he delivered on the day of the...

REDEMPTORIS MATER

On the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Pilgrim Church “As the Council teaches, “‘The obedience of faith’ (Rom. 16:26; cf. Rom. 1:5; 2 Cor. 10:5-6) must be given to God who reveals, an obedience...

We were at his side all the time

We were from the early morning hours until late in the evenings.  We were accompanying the Holy Father from the morning Mass until the last evening hours.  We were with him all the time; when he was eating, meeting with...

March 21 -First Day of Spring

March 21 -First Day of Spring John Paul II – ENCYCLICAL “CENTESIMUS ANNUS”: “Equally worrying is the ecological question which accompanies the problem of consumerism and which is closely...

Pope John Paul II visit to Knock Shrine – Ireland

On a misty Autumn morning in 1979 the Aer Lingus flagship descended in Dublin. On board was the First Pope ever to visit our shores, Ireland known as the Land of Saints and Scholars. People from all walks of life and...