Presentazione del volume: Il rinnovamento della Chiesa e del mondo
Presentazione del volume: Il rinnovamento della Chiesa e del mondo
To pass the heritage of John Paul II
On March 29-30, 2014, the Administrator of the John Paul II Foundation, Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko, PhD, OSPPE from Rome was visiting the Polish Catholic Mission in Hamburg. During masses, he was presenting purposes, goals, and work of the Foundation. The Foundation, among others, preserves and promotes John Paul II’s heritage and provides scholarships for students from Eastern Europe.
The Foundation’s work is possible thanks to gifts provided by benefactors from Poland and around the world. Currently, 47 Chapters of the John Paul II Foundation operates in 16 countries on four continents. One Chapter exists also at the Polish Catholic Mission.
Christmas at the Foundation’s Home
For various reasons not all scholarship recipients were able to travel, to visit their families for Christmas. There was a group of approximately 20 people who remained in Lublin. Among them, there were Catholics, Greek Catholics and Orthodox. Despite the fact that the individual churches celebrate Christmas at different time, all united in joy to celebrate the mystery of the Incarnate Word. For, Son of God once became a man to free his beloved children from the bondage of sin and death. He comes in time so a modern human being could have a greater awareness of the salvation and redemption.
Holy Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II
Rome, January 30, 2014
Greetings and introduction:
I sincerely welcome Primate Józef Kowalczyk, Bishop Andrzej Wypych, and all other members of the Administrative Council who came to Rome for the annual meeting; greetings to employees of our Foundation who are present today. Special greetings are directed to the Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See who joined us today for the Eucharist.
We are beginning this annual meeting with a prayer at the St. Peter Basilica, at the place which Poles consider as very precious and which is “over prayed” by numerous pilgrims from around the world – by the altar in which relics of Blessed John Paul II were placed. We are beginning our meeting in a time, when the Church – and especially Poland – goes through the very specific “Advent” of preparation for His prompt canonization. As it was during His life, the central point of our meetings was always the time of meeting Him. We were waiting for His words of support and encouragement. So, it is also this time.We are coming to Him, as the Foundation which bears His name, to renew in ourselves the feeling of responsibility for the great spiritual heritage, which was left upon us. During this Eucharist, we would like to – through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II – entrust to our Lord this valuable deed – the Foundation, and pray for mature fruits in the life of the Church, in lives of so many young Foundation’s fellowship recipients, as well as, in the lives of brothers and sisters who are members of the Foundation’s Chapters in many countries around the world.
Choral workshops with John Paul II
On the occasion of the XIII Papal Day entitled “John Paul II – the Pope of Dialogue” the John Paul II Center in Lublin organized free choir workshops for young people and adults. The workshop meetings were held from October 11-13th at the Our Lady of the Rosary Church. The program included the common musical pieces from mass, songs about Blessed Pope including the Litany to John Paul II as well as other liturgical and religious songs. Everyone who knows and love to sing for the glory of God was invited to participate in the workshops.
Manhattan Chapter of the Foundation
New York that’s one of the largest metropolis of the world which attracts various cultures, nations, religions… In the heart of New York, in Manhattan, exists the youngest chapter of the John Paul II Foundation. This group was created thanks to young people gathered around the “Przyjazn” choir. After the conversation with Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko and his permission, without hesitance, the group of the Friends of the John Paul II Foundation in Manhattan was organized, to promote teachings and memories of our Great Compatriot and to support activities of the John Paul II Foundation.
27th Anniversary of the Foundation’s Chapter in Southern California
On Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the parish of Our Lady of the Bright Mount in Los Angeles a festive banquet of the John Paul II Foundation Los Angeles Chapter was held. At the banquet, 195 guests were participating. The celebrations began with a Mass celebrated by the Father Krzysztof Wieliczko who came for this occasion from Rome. After the Mass there was a special blessing and an adoration of the relics of Blessed John Paul II.
John Paul II Foundation
The John Paul II Foundation was established by a Papal Decree on October 16, 1981 as a religious, educational, charitable and non-profit organization. Its official seat is located at the Vatican. The Foundation owns a building in Rome at 1200 via Cassia where the secretarial offices are located. The main goals of the Foundation include:
Some specific activities include:
- The Center for Documentation and Research of the Pontificate of John Paul II serves to preserve the documents relating to John Paul II’s pontificate and to pass on this patrimony for future generations. The collected materials serve for leading scholarly researches, publishing studies and press articles, organizing symposia and exhibits. The Center's library has 30,000 volumes which are available to scholars researching the teachings of John Paul II.
- The Museum collection includes gifts offered to John Paul II by pilgrims. There are currently 10,000 items of memorabilia catalogued.
- Scholarships for students from Eastern Europe. The John Paul II Foundation prepares future intellectual leaders for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It does this through scholarship assistance given to students attending the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland. The Foundation covers all the costs of education, and provides scholarships to 138 students from 8 countries. The students reside in the John Paul II Foundation Home. Over 700 students have completed their courses of study, received their academic degrees, and returned home to work. Of these, three are full professors and 67 have their doctorates.
- Short-term scholarships for individuals who come to Rome to do research on the teachings of John Paul II.
- The Summer University of Polish Culture serves individuals who are interested in Polish culture and live outside of Poland. It is intended primarily for young people who for the most part do not speak Polish but wish to learn about Polish culture, its Christian roots, and its relation to the whole world. Lectures are conducted in Polish and English.
- John Paul II Foundation - Casa per Ferie in Rome serves all pilgrims. The Home is host to scholarly meetings, the Summer University, and religious and cultural gatherings that relate to pilgrimages to the Eternal City. The Home is a place where the pilgrim experiences the religious and cultural dimensions of his pilgrimage.
- „Bullarium Poloniae” edits and publishes the documents that relate to the relations of Poland with the Apostolic See beginning with 966;
- „Ethos” - published in cooperation with the Institute of John Paul II at the Catholic University of Lublin. The purpose of „Ethos” is to present information and learned articles on the teachings of John Paul II and in this way serve people and culture.
The continuing financial help and support of the John Paul II Foundation from around the world makes all of this work possible.
The John Paul II Foundation seeks to cooperate with organizations and institutions that are dedicated to the promotion and promulgation of the teachings of Pope John Paul II in their Christian outreach and in cooperation with the Apostolic See.