Polonia Continues Its Celebration at Americas Czestochowa
On Sunday, May 6, 2007 more than a thousand people gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA, to commemorate the 216th anniversary of Polands May 3, 1791 Constitution, internationally recognized as the second oldest democratic constitution in world history. The commemoration began with a Mass at 12:30 P.M. celebrated by Bishop Jan Watrobe from Czestochowa, Poland, along with concelebrants, Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko, Provincial, Pauline Fathers and Brothers in the United States, and Pauline Fathers.
This public celebration, sponsored by the Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District, was another opportunity to unite people of Polish heritage in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area, and was one of many events that took place across America and throughout the world to commemorate this historic event in Polands history.
After Mass and a luncheon, the Youth Program began at 2:30 P.M. in the Shrine Visitors Center where hundreds enjoyed performances by several area youth groups. Participants included the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School, Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School, St. Adalbert Polish Language School and the P.K.M. Polish Folk Dancers.
During the Youth Program, PAC President, Michael Blichasz, presented awards to three Polish language students for their outstanding contribution to Polonia. The awards recipients were: Julie Wojcik from the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School; Paulina Iniewicz from Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School; and Tomasz Piszczyk from St. Adalbert Polish Language School. To all the boys and girls, the parents, grandparents and all who attended the event at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Congratulations and Dziekujemy Bardzo! It was another memorable event in the history of Polish American community in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
You can view a gallery of photos from these events here:
Photos - Polish Constitution Day, Sunday, May 6, 2007 - National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA