Polish American Congress & Polonia Celebrate
Poland’s May 3, 1791 Constitution at the
National Shrine of Our Lady of
Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA
On May 4, 2008, people gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA, to commemorate the 217th Anniversary of Poland’s May 3, 1791 Constitution, internationally recognized as the second oldest democratic constitution in world history. This was another opportunity to unite people of Polish heritage in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area as one of the many events held in America and throughout the world to commemorate this historic event in Poland’s history.
The commemoration, sponsored by the Polish American Congress, Eastern PA District, began with a Mass at 12:30 P.M. celebrated by Bishop Artur Mizinski from Lublin, Poland, along with concelebrants, Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko, Provincial, Pauline Fathers and Brothers in the United States, and Pauline Fathers.
After Mass and a luncheon, the Youth Program began in the Shrine Visitors Center where hundreds enjoyed performances by several area youth groups. Participants included St. Adalbert Polish Language School, Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School, Our Lady of Czestochowa 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: Christopher Skorczynski from the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School; Patrick Wyrzykowski from Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School; and Tadeusz Florek from St. Adalbert Polish Language School.
To end the program all of the dance groups joined together to dance the Polonaise as a tribute to Pope John Paul the Great who always encouraged youth participation.
Thank you to the dance group teachers, youth group members, parents, grandparents and all who attended the event at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Also a thank you to all sponsors and patrons who financially supported the program, another memorable event in the history of the Polish American community in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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