Weaving Polish Pride: Connecticut Sisters Share their Love for the Motherland

Many children of immigrants lose their parents’ cultural identity, and with it, the language, customs and traditions brought over from the old world. In fact, many immigrants themselves often turn away from where they came from to fit into their new country. The trick is, whether you’re an immigrant, or the child of one, to…

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What Does my Polish Name Mean?

Everybody recognizes a Polish last name (surname). In fact, if it looks unpronounceable, it’s probably Polish. Kowalski, Młynarski, Brzęczyszczykiewicz…maybe yours is even crazier. Much has been written about Polish last names, and I don’t pretend to be an expert. I did want to distill some of the information out there, though, in case you don’t…

Five More Poles Who Changed the World

In a previous article, I discussed five Poles who I thought had made a global impact throughout history. You can read that article by clicking here. Now here’s five more Poles whose lives arguably affected people across the planet. Inevitably, some of you will agree and some will disagree with this list, as you did…

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Fun Facts: Poland vs. the U.S.

When the United States gained its independence from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776, Poland was already more than 800 years old. There are buildings in Poland older than the 13 original U.S. colonies. Despite being radically different ages, the two nations share much—a common heritage of democratic values and equality under the law (with…

Saint Faustina Kowalska: The Pole Who Met God

Poland has no shortage of Saints. Saint Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), Saint John Cantius and Saint Maximilian Kolbe are some prominent examples. Another Polish Saint, who reportedly had visions of Jesus Christ Himself, is Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska. Born in Głogowiec, Poland in 1905, Helena Kowalska was stirred from an early age to…