Reunite with Polish heritage – Come with us!

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You’re invited to reunite with your heritage with The Polish Mission!  Once again, we’re inviting all OLSM students, parents, affiliates and alumni of all ages for an unforgettable trip to Poland!

We’re making a pilgrimage to Poland, the fatherland of our founder, Fr. Józef Dąbrowski.  All are invited to a premier experience that only The Polish Mission could offer, led by Polish Language Coordinator Marzanna Owinski, Polish Mission Director Marcin Chumiecki, and a number of our closest partners in our original country.

Our trip has been carefully crafted to incorporate some of the most beautiful and meaningful experiences in Poland, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are regarded as exceptional because of their beauty, history, and importance in world civilization.  We’re offering an opportunity to embrace Orchard Lake Schools’ ancestral home in-person.

Are you interested?  Click here to follow a link to submit your contact information so you can be kept in the loop.  The first payment is needed September 1.

Our Polish experience will begin in the company of our good friends, the faculty and students of the Stanislawa Moniuszki National Music Academy in Bielsko-Biala.  The Moniuszki Academy is our educational partner, and we’re looking forward to spending some quality time with the same group of students who played alongside the OLSM jazz band in 2015.  They’re looking forward to reconnecting with their OLSM friends!

Together with them, we’ll meet at the Royal City of Kraków where we’ll explore Wawel “Castle of the Kings,” and travel to the many special places in southern Poland, including the home of St. John Paul II in Wadowice, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Zakopane, and the venerated monastery of Jasna Gora, where we’ll view the renowned icon of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.

Check out our interactive map to see all the places we’ll explore!  We’ll be updating it periodically, so check back often!

Later we will visit Warszawa, the capital of Poland, where we’ll explore two excellent museums: The Warsaw Rising Museum, and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (which was named European Museum of the Year for 2016).

From there we’ll go to the home city of Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolas Copernicus): Toruń, where we’ll go inside his home while enjoying the traditional gingerbread cookies and learning about the fascinating medieval culture preserved in the city and community there.  That will be our base from which we’ll visit a special landmark of the trip: the historic headquarters of the Teutonic Order of knights: Malbork Castle, the largest castle in the world.

Then for the final leg of the tour, we’ll go north to Gdańsk and Sopot on the Baltic Sea, taking in a final experience of Poland’s signature beauty on the coastline.  While there, we’ll experience the two local epic landmarks of Polish history: Westerplatte, where the first shots of WWII were fired, and the Gdańsk shipyards, where the famous Solidarity movement was born.  In addition, we’ll go below decks on the ORP Błyskawica, the famous Grom-class destroyer from WWII at the Museum of the Polish Navy, before ending the trip on Europe’s longest wooden pier with our toes in the Baltic.

Would you like to come?  Airfare, meals, lodging, and travel will be covered for a flat fee of approximately $2,950, valid only for our Polish Mission delegation.  We are seeking fundraising solutions that could potentially lower this, but it is wise to budget for that amount.  The price is also dependent on the exchange rate at the time when we book the buses, hotels, etc.  We will host our first meeting for everyone interested at the beginning of the 2017/18 school year.

For more information, please contact Marzanna Owinski by emailing her at mowinski@stmarysprep.com or call (248) 683-0433

 

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