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...

The end of the academic year and Fr. Jan’s name day

On Sunday, June 23rd at the Home of the John Paul II Foundation, we thanked God for the past academic year.  In our payers, we included also the Director of the John Paul II Foundation Home, Fr. Jan on the occasion of...

Saint John Paul II on his experience of the Eucharist

“Allow me, dear brothers and sisters, to share with deep emotion, as a means of accompanying and strengthening your faith, my own testimony of faith in the Most Holy Eucharist.” – in these words the Holy Father John...

Did the Holy Father have some favorite meals?

– What was served for a dinner? – The Holy Father was not on a special diet.  Mostly, Italian dishes were served, although Polish nuns were preparing meals.  They were preparing delicious dishes.  Always...

Friendly, meetings at home for a dinner

– How many guests did the Holy Father meet at the audiences on a daily basis? – From a few to a dozen guests.  To each person he devoted 10 to 15 minutes.  Meetings with the head of a country lasted at least...

He took up the residence above the Papal apartment

In 1991, he came with Archbishop Jaworski for the Papal morning Mass.  Most likely, that was the first time he saw John Paul II praying.  He saw it by his own eyes, from a close distance.  He was saying that he noticed...

Precious Blood of Christ

“The month of July begins today, which popular tradition has dedicated to the contemplation of Christ’s Precious Blood, unfathomable mystery of love and mercy. In today’s liturgy, the Apostle Paul says in...