Mass to the Adoration and Chaplet/Benediction to Holy Mass
and the dinner and auction. I was truly humbled.
On February 26, 2018, I was privileged to have a private
audience with Polish President Andrzej Duda. During the
meeting, I shared with him the present state of the Orchard Lake
Schools and our plans for
the future. Throughout
the 40-minute meeting,
he asked many questions
and expressed interest in
visiting our campus, and
I extended the formal
invitation to him.
The momentum continued into March with the Orchard Lake Schools community welcoming
Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the private, personal assistant to Pope John Paul II for 27 years,
to campus. His Eminence was a wit ness to the life of one of the greatest Popes in history.
The visit was marked by a special Mass and a benefit dinner supporting the St. John Paul II
“Be Not Afraid” Center in Krakow, Poland.
April was also a very special time for the Orchard Lake Schools – a time when the
Ambassadors Ball takes place at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham to honor the support
of our Orchard Lake Ambassadors and their tremendous generosity and support our
educational community. It also marked the recognition of His Excellency Professor Piotor
Wilczek, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the United States and the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, as the 71st Fidelitas Medal recipient in recognition of his scholarly achievement and support of the Orchard
Lake Schools and Polonia in the U.S.
I am so proud of all our students at St. Mary’s Preparatory. There is so much praise for these young men, whether it be about
their academic successes, community service, club outcomes or athletic results, I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to
participate in their endeavors and wish to attend more of their events in the coming academic year. For all they do, and for all
the faculty and staff do to guide and support them, I am truly humbled.
In May, I was honored to help celebrate new beginnings for all three Orchard Lake
Schools institutions. Both the SS. Cyril & Methodius and St. Mary’s Preparatory
held commencements. Six members of our seminary graduated and are moving on
to play even greater roles in the Church. Some of them left their homeland in order
to fulfill God’s call. And our Men of St. Mary’s are well-prepared to enter society in
pursuit of their dreams thanks to the Catholic faith, education and tradition received
here at Orchard Lake. And we were truly blessed to welcome Dr. Arkadiusz Gorecki
as the new director of The Polish Mission, and Robert Pyles as new headmaster of
St. Mary’s Preparatory. I am confident their leadership will help us accomplish the
mission and vision of the Orchard Lake Schools.
Above: Prep students gave Cardinal
Dziwisz his own letter jacket.