NOTE: Blessed Pope John Paul ll is heard leading the Rosary
after the Apostles Creed beginning at 00:41. Please join in.
Sign of the Cross
W imię + Ojca i Syna i Ducha Świętego. Amen.
Wierzę w Boga Ojca wszechmogącego, Stworzyciela nieba i ziemi. I w Jezusa Chrystusa, Syna Jego jedynego, Pana naszego, który się począł z Ducha Świętego, narodził się z Maryi Panny, umęczon pod Ponckim Piłatem, ukrzyżowan, umarł i pogrzebion, zstąpił do piekieł, trzeciego dnia zmartwychwstał, wstąpił na niebiosa, siedzi po prawicy Boga Ojca wszechmogącego, stamtąd przyjedzie sądzić żywych i umarłych. Wierzę w Ducha Świętego, święty Kościół powszechny, świętych obcowanie, grzechów odpuszczenie, ciała zmartwychwstanie, i żywot wieczny.
Ojcze nasz, któryś jest w Niebie, święć się imię Twoje; przyjdź Królestwo Twoje; bądź wola Twoja, jako w niebie, tak i na ziemi. Chleba naszego powszedniego daj nam dzisiaj; i odpuść nam nasze winy, jako i my odpuszczamy naszym winowajcom; i nie wódz nas na pokuszenie, ale nas zbaw ode Złego. Amen
Zdrowaś Maryjo, łaski pełna, Pan z Tobą, błogosławionaś Ty między niewiastami, i błogosławiony owoc żywota Twojego, Jezus. Święta Maryjo, Matko Boża, módl się za nami grzesznymi teraz i w godzinę śmierci naszej. Amen
Chwała Ojcu i Synowi i Duchowi Świętemu, jak była na początku, teraz, zawsze i na wieki, wieków. Amen.
Święty Janie Pawle ll, módl się za nami.
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Father Justin and the Fr. Justin Rosary Hour
Early History of the Father Justin Rosary Hour
In 1923, the Franciscan Provincial Chapter held in Buffalo, N.Y. elected as Minister Provincial a priest who was to direct the Province of St. Anthony for 16 years. During that time he would strengthen its activities, increase its number of parishes and augment the number of vocations. This would enable the members to carry on a more effective and varied apostolate. Beside parochial work and mission work he was to undertake the task of educating youth and launch a radio apostolate. This person was Father Justin Figas. He was born in McClure, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1886... and received the name "Michael" at baptism. He received his elementary education at the parish school four miles away from home. He was a good student. His favorite subjects: catechism and bible history. He was an avid reader of American and Polish writers. His favorite Polish authors were Mickiewicz and Sienkiewicz. His love of Mickiewicz's works stimulated a great interest and love of Polish culture and the land of his fathers. He was greatly influenced by what he read and deplored the partition of Poland, the sad and unjust lot of his fellow countrymen during the occupation. Though born on American soil, his love for Poland was so great that he remained one of the most ardent supporters of her cause in America.
Rev. Justin Figas, O.F.M. Conv.
In 1900 at the age of 14 he attended St. Francis College in Trenton, New Jersey. He spent his vacations at home working in local coal mines. In 1903 he entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscans in Syracuse and received the name "Justin". After completing his novitiate he studied philosophy at Trenton and theology at the Collegio Seraphico in Rome. July 17, 1910 was a day of particular joy for Fr. Justin. He was ordained to the sacred priesthood by the saintly Cardinal Raphael Merry Del Val, who was the Protector of the Order at the time. He remained in Rome to complete postgraduate work in theology and obtained the Doctorate in Sacred Theology.
He returned to the United States in 1911 and spent three years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an assistant pastor of St. Josaphat Basilica. In 1914 he was assigned to Buffalo, where he was appointed Secretary of the Province and assistant to the Provincial Fr. Hyacinth Fudzinski. During the general chapter held in Rome in 1921, Fr. Justin was elected Secretary General of the entire Order, but humbly asked to be relieved of the appointment so that he could continue his work in St. Anthony Province. In 1921 Fr. Justin was re-elected Secretary of the Province. When Fr. Eustace Bartoszewicz resigned from the office of Minister Provincial in 1923 the Chapter chose Fr. Justin as his successor. He served as Minister Provincial for 16 years until 1939. During his term of office the Province made great advances in the educational field. Fr. Justin erected three educational institutions of which the Province is especially proud: St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y., St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, Massachusetts and St. Joseph Cupertino Novitiate in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Although burdened with the duties of Provincial he pioneered in the radio field in 1926 and laid the foundation for what in time would became a large religious network program called "The Fr. Justin Rosary Hour". At first Fr. Justin's broadcasts were limited principally to answering questions and solving religious, cultural, and social difficulties of the Polish listeners. He refuted errors of a theological and moral nature, he explained Polish traditions, and encouraged their maintenance. He also gave advice on social problems that troubled his audience. His talks were simple straightforward and shaded with a sense of humor, so necessary in times of hardship and sadness. He established the "Rosary Hour League" through which he hoped to finance the radio apostolate. League members not only contributed financially toward the program but also strove to spread the apostolate to other Polish communities in America. A more detailed account of the Rosary Hour can be found below.
Fr. Justin was also the author of several books describing his travels and missions to various parts of the world. He contributed generously of time and labor to the Catholic press. His articles frequently appeared in the "Polish Everybody's Daily" of Buffalo, in the "Seraphic Chronicle", a monthly magazine which he founded, and in the "Nowiny Polskie" of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Fr. Justin spent most of his priestly life in the Buffalo area [where] he labored from 1914 until his death in 1959. Through his 45 years of dedicated and unselfish service for the greater glory of God, his Order and the Polish community, Fr. Justin has endeared himself in the hearts of his vast flock spread throughout the United States and Canada and will live long in the memory of those he left behind.
The Father Justin Rosary Hour
It is characteristic of Poles in America to have an intense attachment to their Catholic Faith, and to their Polish traditions and language. While other ethnic groups arriving in the United States soon lost the spiritual, cultural and traditional heritage of the countries of their origin, many Poles in America continue to live, feel, and speak very much like their ancestors in Poland. This devotion to their Faith, culture and traditional customs enables them to play an important and forceful role in the Catholic Church in their local communities. Among the many factors which have contributed to the strength of Polonia's vitality and its attachment to the country of its forbears is the radio apostolate known as THE FATHER JUSTIN ROSARY HOUR.
This Rosary Hour is familiar and revered by million of Poles in the United States and Canda. Begun as a weekly network program in 1931, it has continued to come as a welcome guest into these millions of homes each Sunday for the past thirty-five years. The program format remains unchanged. THis itself is a remarkable record in Polish broadcasting. It is the oldest and most extensive hour-long religious network program in the Polish language in the world.
The founder of the Rosary Hour was the Very Rev. Justin Figas, a member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. While American born, Fr. Justin loved Poland and her children. He had a firsthand insight into the spiritual and material needs of Polish Americans. He was aware of the dangers and harmful influence to which the Polish immigrant might succumb without proper guidance and protection. He had a dream of reaching his fellow citizens through usinsg the most modern means of communication, the radio. Through the radio he believed he could give them the spiritual direction they needed.
The occasion for realizing this dream of initiating a radio apostolate beamed to Polish Americans came in 1926. The Kolipinski Brothers Furniture Company inaugurate a half-hour Polish Variety program in the Buffalo, N.Y. area. Five minutes of radio time was allotted to Fr. Justin for a religious message. Fr. Justin was an immediate success. The Kolipinski brothers were swarmed with letters requesting more radio time for Fr. Justin. A year later Fr. Justin started a radio program of his own which he dedicated to the Blessed Mother and called "THE ROSARY HOUR." From the very beginning Fr. Justin's voice reached far beyond the city of Buffalo. In 1931 the ROSARY HOUR became a network program broadcast over six stations. In 1954 the number of stations had increased to fifty in the United States and Canada, and it reached seventy-two at the time of his death in 1959.
The program always begins with the "Rosary" melody composed by a Buffalo resident, Ethelbert Nevin. Then and informal talk follows for about twenty-five minutes by the Director of the Program. A question and answer period follows the station break, along with pertinent announcements. Visiting choirs sing hymns during the intervals. The program always ends with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament imparted by a guest priest and with the singing of the Polish religious hymn: "Boże Cos Polske". The ROSARY HOUR is a tribute of the Polish heart to the Queen of Heaven through whose Divine Son peace and mercy will one day descend upon all mankind.
At the moment, seven years of successful seasons have gone since the death of Fr. Justin. It is clear that the appointment of his successor in directing the radio apostolate was well considered. This is proven by the fact that the program continues to enjoy a popularity equal to that of Fr. Justin's years.
The appointment to the position of ROSARY HOUR Director was given to Fr. Cornelian Dende. Many. Many reasons guide this appointment. Fr. Justin received Fr. Cornelian into the Franciscan Order in 1933. After ordination Fr. Cornelian was stationed at Corpus Christi Parish in Buffalo where Fr. Justin was Superior. Occasionally he was assigned to perform certain tasks for Fr. Justin in connection with the program. In this way he had a unique opportunity to personally acquaint
himself with the apostolate and its problems. Just as Fr. Justin prided himself on being an American citizen born in Pennsylvania while boasting his Polish ancestry, so likewise Fr. Cornelian, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania born of Polish parents, has the privilege of having studied in Poland at the University of Lwow. He later served as co-director of the Polish Catholic Press Agency during the war years.
The ROSARY HOUR is still conducted after the pattern established by the Founder, Fr. Justin. Nothing has been altered. It still serves the same purpose for which is was originally initiated. It still continues to be conducted exclusively in the Polish language and will do so in the future as long as a need continues to exist.
As Poles throughout the world commemorate Poland's Millennium, the ROSARY HOUR deems it a blessed privilege that it can fulfill such a fundamental apostolate among the Poles in America.
REV. CORNELIAN DENDE, O.F.M. Conv.
- Source: "Millennium of Christianity of the Polish People, 966-1966, Buffalo Diocesan Observance"
Editor: Rev. Milton J. Kobiski; Associate Editor: Rev. Stanley J. Ogorzaly
Fr. Cornelian Dende
Plaque at Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo, New York recognizing the importance to Polonia of
Fragment of the traditional Polish marian hymn 'Zdrowaś Maryja' ('Hail Mary') sung by the Kapela Brodów during the Festiwal 'Pieśń naszych korzeni' ('The song of our roots') on the 19th August 2008 in Jarosław, Poland.