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Poland Recognizes Dr. Siemionow, Face Transplant Surgeon

WASHINGTON, D.C.  It was a very proud moment for Maria Siemionow, MD, PhD, DSc, here at the Embassy of  the Republic of Poland on April 17, 2009. Her home country of Poland, represented by Ambassador Robert Kupiecki, had just awarded her the prestigious Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, in recognition of her outstanding medical accomplishments.


Doctor Maria Siemionow with medal

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Katyn Remembrance in Baltimore - 2008

     BALTIMORE, MD // Mayor Made Honorary Member of NKMF. The solemn refrain of Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz - "Should I Forget Them, May God In Heaven Forget Me" - was floating gently in the air during the day-long ceremonies of the 8th Annual Katyn Remembrance here on April 27, 2008.

     The National Katyn Memorial Foundation (NKMF), led by Chairman Richard P. Poremski, honored the many thousands of Polish Army officers - martyred by the Soviet Union in the Katyn Forest - with a special mass in Polish at Holy Rosary Church, extensive formal ceremonies at the National Katyn Memorial Site, followed by a reception/dinner in the Great Hall of PNA Council 21. Each separate event was very well attended by Polonia, dignitaries, guests and friends of Poland.

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Balcerowicz At Polish Embassy Talks About Economy

     WASHINGTON, D.C. //  The Honorable Leszek Balcerowicz, Ph.D., Professor at the prestigious Warsaw School of Economics - formerly the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Finance of the Republic of Poland, and  President of the National Bank of Poland - delivered a very insightful economic lecture here on December 1, 2008 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.


  Prof. Balcerowicz Lecture At Polish Embassy.  Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, veteran Polish economist and politician, is show above-right being interviewed by a bevy of Poland's news media following his lecture entitled "The Financial Crisis and Emerging Countries."

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St. Stanislaus Church ‘Protected’

     BALTIMORE, Md. One thing is now for certain: The St. Stanislaus Kostka Church building, located here in the heart of the equally historic Fell's Point waterfront neighborhood, is in no danger of being torn down by the Conventual Franciscan Friars, owners of the extensive and extremely valuable 1.7 acres church complex. The church was closed by the Franciscans in 2000 after 111 years of faithful service to the local Polonia, who struggled early on - being newly arrived from the ‘old country' - to build the church with their faith, sweat, blood and collective small money.

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Polish National Catholic Church in America - History

The formation of the Polish National Catholic Church at the turn of the 20th century is the only significant schism to occur within the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. Dissident Polish Catholics began separating as early as 1873 in Polonia, Wisconsin, 1877 in Chicago, and 1886 in Detroit.

More significant breaks occurred in Buffalo and Chicago in 1895 and in Scranton, Pa. in 1897. These movements started spontaneously and independently of each other, often involving church blockades, pushing, shoving and fist fights.

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