Gene Golomb at the 2011 Kosciuszko/Polish Constitution Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
The Memorial Plaque honoring Casimir Pulaski was dedicated on October 11, 1933 and was originally housed at the Hudson Branch Library. When the Hudson Branch Library closed, the plaque was temporarily put in storage but later moved to its present location at the Hall of Justice. The inscription reads:
HAVE HONOR FOR
BRIGADIER GENERAL CASIMIR PULASKI
BORN IN POLAND 4 MARCH 1748
PATRIOT - WARRIOR - HERO OF TWO CONTINENTS
A GREAT SOUL WHO GAVE HIS LIFE A NOBLE SACRIFICE
FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
BEING MORTALLY WOUNDED 8 OCTOBER 1779 WHILE LEADING
A CAVALRY CHARGE AT THE SIEGE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
DYING 11 OCTOBER 1779
VOLUTEER IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - MEMBER OF
WASHINGTON'S STAFF - PROMOTED BRIGADIER GENERAL - CHIEF OF DRAGOONS
BY CONGRESS FOR BRAVERY AT BRANDYWINE - ORGANIZER-COMMANDER OF
PULASKI LEGION WHICH WAS HEROIC IN MANY BATTLES
HIS LIFE AND DEATH REMAIN THE HERITAGE
OF EVERY LOVER OF LIBERTY
AND INSPIRATION FOR ALL AMERICANS
POLISH AMERICAN CITIZENS OF ROCHESTER
Saint Stanislaus Kostka
1150 Hudson Ave.
Corner of Hudson Ave. & Norton Street
First Holy Communion and Placing of Relics of the Blessed Pope John Paul ll
The beautiful mural that spans the sanctuary dome at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is the work of Buffalo artist Joseph Mazur. It depicts 18 saints, kings, and beatified holy ones who figure prominently in the history of Catholicism in Poland and Eastern Europe.
The Monroe County Hall of Justice in Rochester, New York, contains two memorials that are of special importance to our community. One is a bust of honoring Thaddeus Kosciusko and the other Casimir Pulaski:
Both monuments are located in the lobby of the Monroe County Hall of Justice located on Court Street and War Memorial Square in downtown Rochester, New York.
For over thirty years, Polka Bandstand has delighted polka enthusiasts not only around the Rochester area, but around the world with the best polka music and aspects of Polish culture, from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday on WGMC/Jazz 901 and online at www.jazz901.org.
The hosts of Polka Bandstand are Ray Serafin and Al Melitus
Ray is also the leader and accordianist for the Ray Serafin and the Brass Magic polka band. Here the are in action at St. Stan's Kostka:
Check Your Knowledge:
Can you identify the saints, kings, and beatified holy ones portrayed above the High Altar at St. Stan's Kostka Church?
The dedication ceremony of the St. Florian Window took place
at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sunday, December 15, during a special Mass. The window is in memory of firefighter Tomasz Marian Kaczówka, who on December 24, 2012 at the age of 19, passed away in the line of duty with his mentor and close friend,
Lt. Michael "Chip" Chiapperini.
Bishop Matthew Clark presided and there was a reception following Mass in the Auditorium.
St. Florian is known as the patron saint of firefighters and is also considered a patron saint of Poland, as some of his relics are located at the Church of St. Florian in Krakow, according to a press release from the church. The window, created by Valerie O'Hara of Pike Stained Glass Studios in Rochester, portrays St. Florian putting out a fire with help from a firefighter who resembles the 19-year-old Kaczówka.
The Fireman's Prayer
When duty call's me, oh Lord,
Wherever Flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever Be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert,
and oh Lord, guide my every move,
for life is so precious,
please don't let us loose.
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property
And if according to thy will,
That I must give my life,
Then with thy protecting hand my Lord,
I pray thee, protect my children and my wife.
Gdy obowiązekwezwie mnie
Tam wszędzie, gdzie się pali,
Ty mi, o Panie, siłę daj,
Bym życie ludzkie ocalił.
Pozwól, niech dziecko póki czas
Z płomieni cało wyniosę,
Przerażonego starca daj
Ustrzec przed strasznym losem.
Daj, Panie, czujność, abym mógł
Najsłabszy słyszeć krzyk,
Daj sprawność i przytomność bym
Ugasił pożar w mig.
Swe powołanie pełnić chcę
I wszystko z siebie dać:
Sąsiadów, bliźnich w biedzie strzec
I o ich mienie dbać.
A jeśli taka wola Twa,
Bym życie dał w ofierze,
Ty bliskich mych w opiece mniej.
O to Cię proszę szczerze.
Window of Thomas Kaczowka
You served the altar, Thomas.
You served in helping save our property.
Now you will be just a memory.
in to St. Florian's window
so the memory of you
will always be in our hearts.
Thomas, being next to the Lord,
let our families know, that you have checked
because with our Lord you did connect.
Okno Tomasza Kaczówka
Służyles do mszy Tomaszu.
Służyles pomocą ratujać nasze mienie.
teraz zostanie tylko po Tobie wspomnienie.
Wspomnieni przez nas wpisane
do okna Sw. Floriana by pamięć
o Tobie w naszych sercach
na zawsze została.
Tomaszu bedac obok Pana naszego
daj znac rodzinie, ze sprawdziles
bo z naszym Panem się polaczyles.
Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies
The Rochester community is indeed fortunate to have access to programs sponsored by the University of Rochester's Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. The Skalny Center frequently has concerts and lectures open to the public which you are encouraged to attend. CLICK HERE to learn more about upcoming Skalny Center events.
Congratulations to all Rochester Polonia Founder's Day award recipients, especially Eugene Golomb who was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Zasługi Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej). The medal, on behalf of the President of Poland, was conferred by Deputy Consul General of Poland, Mateusz Stasiek, in collaboration with the Polish American Congress WNY.
Congratulations to Rochesterian, Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz, who was recently awarded the Merentibus Medal at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University. He has been a driving force, both as a professor of neurology and as a leader within the Polish American community. For years Dr. Jozefowicz has worked tirelessly to share medical expertise between Rochester and Krakow, our Sister City. This is a great honor and certainly no one is more deserving than Dr. Ralph.
Ralph F. Józefowicz, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, said he has always been impassioned about education. As the associate chair for education in the department of neurology, the course director for the second year medical student “Mind, Brain, and Behavior” course, the Neurology Clerkship Director, and the Neurology Residency Program Director at the University of Rochester, it was a natural transition for the distinguished neurologist to become involved with education at the American Association of Neurology.
Dr. Józefowicz joined the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee in 1989 and chaired it from 1999–2003. In 1994 he joined the Education Committee and has served as chair since 2003. He has also served on the Meeting Management Committee since 2003, and was on the International Education Subcommittee for six years.
Among his other appointments, Dr. Józefowicz has been a visiting professor of neurology at the Collegium Medicum at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, since 1992, and has been an Honorary Professor at the university since 2003.
Dr. Józefowicz's academic focus includes research in medical education; international medicine, focusing on Poland and Eastern Europe; and education of medical students and house officers, using case-based teaching and clinical-basic science correlation.
Frederic served as President of the Board of Directors of the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester (PHSR) and was active in the Rochester-Krakow Sister Cities Committee, the Polish American Historical Association, and the American Council for Polish Culture. He worked to reshape the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester into a significant organization for the preservation and promotion of Polish heritage in the greater Rochester Community. He created and served as editor of the organization’s quarterly newsletter, Rochester Polonia News, and created programs about Polish-American culture to share with the general public. In addition, he was responsible for the re-publication of the history of Rochester’s Polonia: Shoulder to Shoulder—Polish Americans in Rochester, NY 1890-2000 by Kathleen Urbanic.
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Wigilia Dinner 2016
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
Phhotos of the 17th (2018) Annual Wigilia presented by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
The Panel – moderated by Dr. Thomas Fleischman, Assistant Professor in the Department of History – consisted of Professor Randall Stone, Director of the Skalny Center, Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Skalny Visiting Professor from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and Bonnie Abrams, Director, Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.
Very sensitive and controversial issues were discussed at times, but I thought it was one of the more fruitful discussions on this topic I personally have attended.
Panel Discussion: Memory of the Shoah in Europe
The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies
University of Rochester
April 19, 2018
Music by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and other Polish composers, including Tadeusz Kościuszko, a statesman and military leader, and a national hero in Poland and the United States. The concert commemorated the 100th anniversary of Poland becoming an independent European country after 123 years of being wiped off the political map.
Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musiał, regarded as “a major talent, blessed with an astounding technique and an interpretive panache” by Chicago Classical Review, has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her playing has been described by New York Concert Review as “a pure delight... wonderfully ... vividly detailed.” Conductor of the New York Camerata, Richard Owen, considers her “one of the finest pianists I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing.” Her new CD, Come Dance with Me, recorded by Meridian Records, has received rave reviews and has been played on over 100 radio stations. The album was selected "CD of the Week" on WGBH in Boston and "Download the Week" on KDFC in San Francisco.
Sunday, May 13, 2018: Katarzyna Musiał was brilliant tonight. There are no words to express how wonderfully she played that Steinway at Rochester's Eastman School of Music. The audience was treated to select works by some of Poland's greatest composers in celebration of Poland regaining its independence 100 years ago.
Did you know that Tadeusz Kosciuszko was a pianist? We heard two polonaises and a waltz composed by the famous Polish hero. Incredible! I even heard someone (Steve Flor) remark Kosciuszko "missed his calling -- could have been a great musician!"
Memorial Service for Fallen WWl Soldier(s)
The service was on June 7, 2018 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at the gravesite of WALTER RATINSKI , the first marine and first Polish American from Rochester, New York killed in WWl. Video footage provided by Steve Flor:
First Marine and First Polish American from Rochester NY Killed in Great War
93 Jackson Street, Rochester, N. Y. Walter William Ratinski was born in Rochester, N. Y., June 7, 1888, son of Anthony and Josephine Ratinski. Before the World War he was employed by Joy, Clark and Nier.
Entered the service at Rochester, N. Y., December 15, 1917, at the age of 29 years, as a Private, in the United States Marine Corps. He was trained at Parris Island, South Carolina, and Quantico, Virgina.
Embarked overseas, March 13, 1918. Assigned to 45th Company, 5th Regiment, March 23, 1918. Engaged in action at Toulon Sector; Aisne Defensive; ChateauThierry Sector. Killed in action at Chateau-Thierry, June 6, 1918. First buried in France; later his body was brought back to America on the U.S.S. Cantigny, February 16, 1922, and reburied in Holy Sepulchre Ceme tery, Rochester, N. Y., February 27, 1922, Soldiers and Sailors Plot, Grave 12. p360 Monroe County Service Record.