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ear Friends,

June 22, 2016 was an historical day in the life of Polonia

in the United States and the life of the “heart of American

Polonia”— the Orchard Lake Schools. On that day, Polonia

gathered in the Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake to

give thanks to God as we celebrated the 1,050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland.

The Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, was the main celebrant

and homilist in English; The Most Reverend Witold Mroziewski, Auxiliary Bishop of

Brooklyn, was the homilist in Polish.

At the end of the liturgy, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of

Detroit, blessed and dedicated the Shrine of St. John Paul II in the Chapel. The Shrine

was built to house the first class relic of St. John Paul II which was a gift to the Orchard

Lake Schools from His Eminence Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz, Archbishop of Kraków

and long time secretary to St. John Paul II. After Cardinal Maida’s blessing, The Most

Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, read a decree stating that from this day forward we were to be

the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II. This is indeed a great honor and grace for the Orchard Lake Schools.

It is the hope and desire of Archbishop Vigneron and all of us at Orchard Lake that the Shrine will be a place of

pilgrimage. Parishes, organizations and individuals will be able to come here and spend time in prayer seeking

the intercession of St. John Paul II. Please consider making a pilgrimage to our Shrine of St. John Paul II. He loved

Orchard Lake and once said:

“Fill Orchard Lake! Fill it to capacity! We need Orchard Lake!

He also stated:


the Orchard Lake Schools did not exist, it would be necessary to establish them.”

Now, from his place in heaven let us ask his intercession. St. John Paul II, pray for us!

Shrine of St. John Paul II

Rev. Msgr. Thomas C. Machalski, Jr.


Orchard Lake Schools


SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary