Polish Constitution Day 2018

We at The Polish Mission are happy to again partner with the Polish-American Congress Michigan Division for the annual observance of Polish Constitution Day! Please join us on Sunday, May 6 for a special program featuring renowned guest, Dr. John Grondelski!

Program begins at the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Memorial Library (lower level) promptly at 11:00 am. Please join us for Holy Mass afterward (celebrated in Polish by Orchard Lake Schools Chancellor Very Reverend Canon Mirosław Król) at the Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake & Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II, at 1:00 pm, featuring the Filarets Choir. All are welcome to enjoy a Polish Dinner after Mass at our campus dining hall ($15/person, 12 and under $10/person).

Event program:

  1. Welcome – Ann Bankowska (PAC-MI) and The Polish Mission
  2. Color guard presentation – Polish Veterans and Polish Scouts
  3. Polish and American anthems- led by Caroline Raczkowski
  4. Keynote Speaker- Dr. John Grondelski
  5. Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School – Students’ presentation about Polish Constitution of May 3rd
  6. Patriotic music selections on violin by Tomasz Mikulski
  7. Video segment about Poland’s struggles for independence
  8. General Kazimierz Pulaski Polish Language School – Students’ presentation honoring 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence
  9. Color guard Recessional- Polish Veterans and Polish Scouts

About Dr. Grondelski:

JOHN M. GRONDELSKI was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of Caroline and John Grondelski. A parishioner of St. Stephen’s (now St. John Paul II) Church in Perth Amboy, he has been active with the Polish American community since his youth.

He attended Saint Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 maxima cum laude with majors in philosophy and theology and minors in English and Polish.

He attended Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, entering on a Loyola Fellowship, and earned his Master of Arts in theology in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1985, with his dissertation, “Fruitfulness as an Essential Dimension of Acts of Conjugal Love: A Study of the Pre-Papal Thought of John Paul II.”

From 1985-92, he was assistant professor of theology at Saint John’s University, Staten Island, New York, and also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent’s College in Manhattan and the graduate program of the New York Archdiocesan Catechetical Institute. From 1992-93, he was Kościuszko Foundation Fellow at the Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II. From 1993-98, he was associate dean and associate professor of theology in the graduate School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.

Since 1998, he has been a Foreign Service Officer in the United States Department of State, currently serving as the senior desk officer for Poland in the Office of Central European Affairs. He has previously served on the Russia desk at the State Department in Washington; the United States Embassies in London, England; Warsaw, Poland; and Bern, Switzerland; the American Institute of Taiwan, Taipei; and the United States Consulate General in Shanghai, China. All views expressed at Orchard Lake and in his writings are his own and do not necessarily represent the U.S. Government.
He has translated Karol Wojtyła’s Rozważania o istocie człowieka (Lublin: Polskie Tow. Św. Tomasza z Akwinu, 2016) and is currently working on translations of Polish theologians’ writings on Humanae vitae as well as on works on the Polish Catholic-Jewish writer, Roman Brandstaetter. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals like Angelicum, Antonianum, Irish Theological Quarterly, Furrow, New Blackfriars, Social Thought, Teologia i Moralność, Forum Teologiczne, Ethos, Rocznik Teologii Katolickiej, Human Life Review, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Studia Polonijne, Polish American Studies, Polish Review, and Studia Migracyjne—Przegląd Polonijny. His book reviews appear in the National Catholic Register.

He is a member of the Polish American Historical Association, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences (NY), the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and University Faculty for Life.

From 1988-89, he was President of the Polish American Congress, New Jersey Division. He served as Vice President of that Division for several years in the 1980s.

He is married to Dorota Kostrubiec and they have three children: Alexandra, a student at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England; John, a high school senior; and Karol, in 4th grade. They currently live in Falls Church, Virginia.