Polish Sundays Are Back

The Polish Mission is proud to announce that the age-old Orchard Lake tradition of “Polish Sundays” have returned, thanks to the initiative of our Chancellor, Fr. Miroslaw Krol. Polish Sunday’s had long been the custom of yesteryear under the leadership of beloved Chancellor Msgr. Stanley Milewski, but faced with declining community response, the monthly open […]

Polish Mission Collections

Polish Mission Collections The Polish Mission has unique collections and databases that were once only available to families who visited on campus. This website outlines the history of the Polish communities in Michigan (parishes, schools, and societies), and offers resources such as newspapers , jubilee books, and vital records. We have consolidated databases and blogs […]

Lost and Found – Michigan Photos

We are adding sets of photos collected by a Michigan genealogist who would like to get these images back in the hands of the respective families. If you recognize a photo, please contact us at pmission@orchardlakeschools.com.

Balcerzak Family Photo

Balcerzak Family Photo: LtoR: son Frank Balcerzak, wife Maryanna (nee Grzeszkiewicz) Balcerzak, baby Bernice Balcerzak, husband Bronislaus Balcerzak, son Henry John Balcerzak. Photo circa 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. From the collection of Adrienne (nee Balcerzak) Schwartz, e-mail – cab8888@aol.com

Marian Smolinski funeral 1935 with gravemarker

The 1935 funeral of Marian Smolinski lying in state. Buried in parish cemetery Sw. Jakuba Apostola w Chelmicy Duzej. Listed on the parish website there is a conflict of the death date. We believe it was 1935 not 1939. Can anyone confirm the true date? Contact the family at:cab8888 @ aol.com

Marian Smolinski Funeral 1935 Chelmica, Poland

Marian Smolinski, deceased; from left to right – Wladyslaw Niedzialek, Zenon Smolinski(Uncle/Paternal) from Zdroje; Josef and wife; Boleslaw, his wife, daughter and son; Kazmierz, his wife, son and daughter; Wife of deceased – Eleonory (z domo Sawicka) Smolinski and Stefan’s granddaughter are standing behind dad’s head; Uncle (paternal) from Zdroje (holding the cross) Contact the […]

Michigan Polonia and the Polish Mission support the work of the Keweenaw National Historic Park in Calumet, Michigan. We are preparing a submission for their permanent exhibit regarding the Polish community of Calumet.We have documented their recruitment by Michigan immigration agent Maximilian Allardt and their settlement in the Keweenaw. We seek colleagues who might have […]


The Earliest Polish Immigrants to Calumet

For more than a year I have been researching the earliest Polish immigrants to Calumet, Michigan. I have used every resource that I could find and combed the microfilms from Salt Lake City. This summary file shows those Poles who were in Calumet as early as 1870 to 1874. While it is certainly subject to […]

The First History of St. Anthony of Padua Church

Joseph Martin has written and published the first history of St. Anthony of Padua Church, the Polish parish that was in Red Jacket, Michigan. After more than a year of research he pulled together a 25 page booklet and had it velo bound for durability. He traced the history of the church from its beginnings […]

Pamiątka Srebrny Jubileusz Kościół św. Antoniego Padewskiego w Red Jacket, Mich. 1883-1908

5th of November, 1882 A committee was benignantly received by Mr. Alexander Agassiz, president of the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company and he gave them two lots on Seventh street and six hundred dollars in cash. With this aid their spirits rose and the church became an accomplished fact. At the end of October Father […]