For Boston faithful, canonizations are personal, profound

As Pope John Paul II passed through Rome one day in 1988, greeting people as he went, a Polish teenager managed to thrust her hand through the cheering crowd pressed against the barricades. Improbably — unforgettably — the pontiff shook it.

“I will never forget the lightness of his hand,” said Joanna Bereaud, now a 42-year-old music therapist who lives in Swampscott.

A quarter-century earlier, Pope John XXIII had a spot alongside President Kennedy in Mary Jane England’s gallery of heroes. The future doctor and Regis College president, then in her early 20s, saw Pope John as a reformer who breathed new life into a stagnant church.


May 4th, 2014. Movie screening – Kamienie na Szaniec

Polish Cultural Fundation in Boston has a pleasure to invite you for a screening of a movie Kamienie na Szaniec kamienie-na-szaniec-ksiazka based on a legendary book by Aleksander Kaminski. The movie, directed by Robert Glinski, has been a spectacular success in Poland (500.000 viewers during first two weeks). The story describes the small acts of sabotage carried out by the Polish underground scout movement, the Gray Ranks. It portrays slightly fictionalized account of real lives of Gray Rank members (known by their noms-de-guerre Rudy, Zośka, Alek), with the final act centred around the Operation Arsenal.


EXHIBIT HONORING Blessed Pope John Paul II

In honor of the forthcoming canonization in April of Blessed John Paul II, Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is pleased to announce that it will host a special photographic exhibit titled “John Paul II the Holy Man: To the ends of the earth”. The exhibit is being provided by the Polish Cultural Foundation, Boston and will be presented at John Paul II Hall Parish Center. It consists of 80 large panels illustrating Blessed John Paul II’s life and pontificate. This exhibit has been viewed by audiences in 10 states and over 30 locations including New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.