Welcome Home, Chancellor Król!

Very Reverend Canon Mirosław K. Król, M.A., S.T.L., a native of Poland and former student of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (SSCMS), has been installed as the fourth Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools (OLS) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 during Holy Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, which is also the official Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II.  The event was a spectacular celebration of Christian love and the strength of the Orchard Lake Schools family.  Students, faculty, staff, from the three departments of the Orchard Lake Schools were in attendance (St. Mary’s Preparatory, SSCMS, and The Polish Mission, in addition to over 300 dignitaries, friends, and neighbors.

This marks the rejuvenation of the OLS’s 132-year history that began in 1885 when Fr. Józef Dąbrowski established a Polish Catholic Seminary in Detroit to serve the Polish-American community.  His mission was sustained in the words of St. John Paul II who twice visited the campus, and stated, “If the Orchard Lake Schools did not exist, it would be necessary to establish them,” and, “Fill Orchard Lake to capacity; sustain Orchard Lake; we need Orchard Lake!”

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Fr. Król is the 13th overall head of the OLS, and the first Polish-born one in 50 years to lead America’s only Polish Seminary, St. Mary’s Preparatory, and The Polish Mission. He was installed by Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron, in the presence of Primate of Poland Archbishop Wojciech Polak, other bishops and priests, government officials, priests from the dioceses of which SSCMS alumni serve, and numerous others from Polonia and the Orchard Lake Schools extended community.  Notable guests from the Polish diplomatic corps were in attendance, such as Director of Department of Cooperation with Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mateusz Stąsiek, Deputy Director of the Department of Public and Cultural Affairs, and Secretary of the Council for Historical Diplomacy at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Krzysztof Strzałka, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago Piotr Janicki, and Deputy Defense and Military Attaché of the Embassy of Poland to the U.S., Colonel Michał Sprengel.  In addition, notable Catholic clergy like Director of the St. John Paul II Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Kraków Msgr. Czesław Bogdał, Director of Radio Rodzina Catholic Radio of Poland Msgr. Cezary Chwilczynski, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Francis Reiss, and Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish of Detroit & Ste. Anne Parish of Detroit Msgr. Charles Kosanke joined Archbishops Vigneron and Polak for the celebratory occasion.

Fr. Król was born August 18, 1970 in Gorlice, Poland, and grew up in the village of Stawisza.  He later emigrated to U.S. and attended SSCMS and Immaculate Conception Seminary of Seton Hall University to complete theological studies, and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey on May 29, 1999.  Throughout his vocation, he served SSCMS as Dean of Human   Formation and Vice Rector, was president of the Saint John Paul II Foundation Be Not Afraid Center, and served chaplain of numerous organizations, including the Police and Fire Departments of Linden, New Jersey and The Pulaski Parade Committee.  As the 1st Polish-born head of the OLS in 50 years to lead America’s premier Polish institution dedicated to Catholic faith, education, and culture, Fr. Król now joins a path of leadership, pioneered by founder of the Orchard Lake Schools Fr. Józef Dąbrowski, who famously began the mission of the OLS 132 years ago.

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