A short nap after dinner was enough for him

During a day, a short nap after dinner was enough for him; fifteen minutes, maybe half an hour.  He very quickly was regaining his strength; the same during his regular day as well as during pilgrimage.  And, when after the whole day he was very tired, he was eating supper privately, not with others.  Not to waste time, to be able to pray, and go to bed as soon as possible.  Then, more or less… six hours of sleep and he was waking-up as a newbie...

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...

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a mystery of joy! The Church shares in this same joy, surrounded by the light of the Son of God. It is the glory of the Eternal Word, who out of love has become one of us.         Jesus...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a mystery of joy! The Church shares in this same joy, surrounded by the light of the Son of God. It is the glory of the Eternal Word, who out of love has become one of us. John Paul II, December 25, 2002...

Christmas meeting at the John Paul II Foundation Home

Christmas meetings at the John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin are a beautiful tradition which every year gathers alumni, scholarship recipients and guests of the Foundation.  This year’s Christmas Wafer meeting...

Akatyst in the Chapel of the Women Dormitory

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in the women dormitory at Poczekajka, an Akatyst was performed in honor of the Mother of God. At 9:30 p.m. in the chapel of the students’ house young people...

God, Honor, Homeland

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. On this occasion, the Foundation’s scholarship recipients and guests of our House gathered at a Mass...