Polish Day 2017

Polish Catholics from the New England area gathered together today at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy to celebrate their heritage.

Saint Faustina and St. John Paul II, the Great Mercy Pope, were both from Poland. Jesus revealed to St. Faustina, "I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming" (Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1732).

To learn more about the history of Divine Mercy in Poland, read or watch Fr. Michael Gaitley's The Second Greatest Story Ever Told.

The Holy Mass in Polish was celebrated at 1 p.m. by the Very Rev. Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, provincial superior for the Marian Fathers in the United States and Argentina. The homilist of the Holy Mass was special guest Fr. Tadeusz Guz, a professor who teaches at the Katolicki Universytet Lubelski (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland).

See Fr. Tadeusz's homily in Polish here:

Father Tadeusz was ordained in December 1984. He graduated in 1984 and 1989 he completed his studies in theology and philosophy, respectively, from the Catholic University of Lublin. In 1989, he completed his philosophical studies at this university. He further studied philosophy at Gustav-Siewerth-Akademie, and graduated in 1994. The topic of his dissertation was the relationship between the metaphysics of Luther and Hegel. In 1996, he received a doctorate degree in humanities from the Catholic Theological Academy in Warsaw. In 2001, he habilitated on the disintegration of metaphysics in Adorno's neomeryism and Hegel's idealism. In 2017, the President of Poland Andrzej Duda awarded him the title of Professor of Humanities.

He assumed the chairmanship of the Department of Philosophy of Law at the Catholic University of Lublin and Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Economic Sciences of the Catholic University of Lublin in Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland. For several years he was a professor at Gustav-Siewerth-Akademie, Weilheim in Germany.

In his journalistic activities, he has written to defend the Church's teaching on the protection of human life from conception to natural death. He was also one of the signatories of the resolution of the Senate of the Catholic University of Lublin on December 21, 2006, in support of the initiative to widen the constitutional guarantee of human life.

Many Marians from Poland, surrounding European countries, and the United States, attend the Catholic University of Lublin.

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