Cardinal Josef Glemp, Primate of Poland, paid a inaugural visit to the John Paul II Cultural Center on July 22, 2003.
The Cardinal celebrated mass in the Center's intimate chapel. A cocktail reception and dinner followed that was attended by approximately 40 people. The event was by invitation only and was sponsored by The National Polish Apostolate Committee and Friends of J.P. II Foundation.
In the Cardinal's after dinner address it became known that the primary reason for his visit was a pastoral one to administer to the various Polonia communities in the U.S. He was also garnering support for the construction of the colossal Sanctuary of Divine Providence church and extensive accompanying complex in Warsaw at Wilanow.