Polish Americans Congress

& Polonia Celebrates

Poland's May 3, 1791 Constitution

The officers of the Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District, thank all who attended the Polish Constitution Day celebration at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA on Sunday, May 1st. More than a thousand people gathered to commemorate the 214th anniversary of Poland's May 3, 1791 Constitution, internationally recognized as the Second Oldest Democratic Constitution in world history. The commemoration began with a Mass at 12 noon celebrated by Bishop Jan Kopiec from Poland.

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 Poland's history.

After Mass and a luncheon, the Youth Program began at 2:30 p.m. in the Shrine 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's Polish Language School and the P.K.M. Polish Folk Dancers. You can view a gallery of photos at the end of this report.

During the Youth Program, awards were presented to three Polish Language students for their outstanding contribution to Polonia: Marcelina Hollender from the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School; Malgorzata Halat from Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School; and Katarzyna Mol from St. Adalbert's 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! On Tuesday, May 3rd, a Polish Constitution Commemoration Day Program took place in St. John Cantius Parish Hall in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia, to mark the 214th Anniversary of Poland’s Constitution of May 3rd, 1791.

Greetings were presented from Pennsylvania and Philadelphia elected officials. The program saluted Polish Constitution and Polish Heritage, and as an added feature, a performance of "Kosciuszko's Garden" by Family Stages took place.

Following the ceremony, everyone enjoyed refreshments, compliments of the Polish American Congress, served by the volunteers from St. John Cantius Parish.

It was another memorable event in the history book of the Philadelphia-area Polish American community. Everyone’s participation was appreciated.

Michael Blichasz

Photos of the 2005 Polish Constitution Day Events


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