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Anno Domini 966: 1,050th Anniversary of Christianity in Polan (U.S. Celebration)
June 22, 2016 @ 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
On June 22, 2016, come experience a momentous occasion in
history at Anno Domini 966, a Polish-American celebration of 1,050 years of Christianity in
Poland, at the Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, on the campus of America’s oldest
Polish educational and cultural institution.
Being a part of the only U.S. celebration of this anniversary means understanding the historical
significance of this event. It began on Holy Saturday, April 14, 966, when Mieszko I, the Duke
of Poland, accepted Christianity on behalf of the nation. Since then, Poland has nurtured that
planted seed through the prayers and sacrifices of millions of men and women of faith. We
understand this in contemporary culture through such examples as those of St. John Paul II.
Anno Domini 966, sponsored by the Orchard Lake Schools, the National Polish Apostolate, the
Polish American Priests’ Association (PAPA), and the Catholic League for Religious Assistance
to Poland and Polonia, celebrates this legacy of faith and liberty beginning with a musical
performance by Dr. Jaroslaw Golembiowski at 4 PM. At 4:30, guests can enjoy refreshments
under the Chapel shade trees before witnessing the procession and bi-lingual Mass, celebrated in
English by the Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, and in Polish by
Bishop Witold Mroziewski, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The
Papal Nuncio (permanent diplomatic representative/ambassador of the Holy See to the U.S.) has
also been invited. While at Mass, witness the blessing and dedication of the Archdiocesan Shrine
of St. John Paul II and the lighting of the 1,050th anniversary candle that comes to the
celebration from Poland.
Following Mass, all are welcome to celebrate at the Grand Banquet in the St. Mary’s Athletic
Complex and enjoy an exhibition featuring the Research Opus of Dr. Z. W. Wolkowski,
Banquet reservations are $75/person, and can be phoned in to Isabel Lopez at (248) 683-0507 or
via email at [email protected] Show your support in the commemorative event
journal, in honor of the new Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II and 1,050 years of
Christianity in Poland, by contacting Wendy Mosella at (248) 683-1759 or via email at