SS. Cyril & Methodius Patronal Feast

February 7, 2012

Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library invites patrons and friends of the community to the 2nd Annual Patronal Feast Celebration dinner on February 11, 2012.

Autumn Rhapsody

November 3, 2011

Polish Mission hosts Detroit Vintage Jazz Concert Fundraiser

Friday November 18th, 2011
Orchard Lake Schools Art Gallery

ORCHARD LAKE, MI –The Polish Mission will hold a gala autumn fundraiser with singer Kira Frabotta and Pianist Mike Jellick.  Both are Detroit-raised young musicians with a unique repertoire of jazz from the early 20th c.  that will set the tone as Orchard Lake’s Art Gallery transforms into a 1930s jazz club for the evening.  Kira’s clean soprano top is balanced by a smooth mezzo/alto sweetness, along with her natural ability to scat like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  Her sultry swing jazz style was influenced by the greats: Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, and Anita O’Day.  Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Livonia, MI, Mike Jellick is one of the most sought-after pianists in the midwest.  He has private studios teaching both jazz and classical theory and performance in both the Detroit area and Kalamazoo.  Mike has been awarded commissions by groups ranging from small private schools to larger corporations, groups, and non-profits: Most notably, Lincoln Center.  

Josh James and the St. Mary’s Jazz Orchestra will open the show with a special performance at 7:00pm, then Frabotta and Jellick will perform selections in Polish and English to celebrate the opening of the largest exhibit in America dedicated to Polish master painter Zofia Stryjeńska.  Stryjeńska is known as the “Princess of Polish Painting,” and her avant garde style consumed her art and her life during the period between the two World Wars.  Stryjeńska’s signature “old meets new” style combined Polish country themes with modern art deco graphic design and vibrant colors.  Her dynamic delivery of that concept made her works some of the most recognizable and influential pieces in the panorama of Polish masters.  Six pieces will be on display.

Detroit’s own Cadieux Café will entice guests with Belgian and Polish cuisine, and fall and choice wine selections at the open wine bar from Leelanau Cellars will set the mood for a truly Detroit-themed jazz gala.  Individual tickets $50; a pair is $80.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting, or by calling (248)-682-1885.

Priest, Pope, Saint

April 11, 2011

An event at Orchard Lake Schools: Celebrating the beatification of Pope John Paul II, Polish Constitution Day, and Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Poet and The Lion

March 30, 2011

Polish Mission to host exhibition

January 10, 2011


Polish Mission to Host 2 Week Exhibition of Polish artist Liliana Krynska January 22 through February 6

Orchard Lake, MI — Originally from Łodz, Poland, Krynska is a young and vibrant artist who began her professional career at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. After earning her degree in Fine Arts and then spending five years in New York exhibiting her works, she earned her Masters in Art Theory from Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Drawing on her experiences in communist-era Poland, Liliana creates art that highlights the charged memory of a tragic and complicated time inspired by the still-scarred physical landscape. She writes, “I use these walls and their broken textures as inspiration for creating a personal visual language, with which I explore and question my own relationship with the past.” Having returned to her childhood in Łodz, today Liliana is a highly sought-after film scenographer in addition to her career as a professional artist.

The opening reception on January 22nd from 4pm to 9pm in the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library will mark the opening of this prestigious exhibit. All are welcomed to this warm evening event, where Liliana will personally introduce everyone to her unique and exciting style over refreshments Over twenty paintings will be on continuous open display through Sunday February 6th.

About the Polish Mission: Founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish-American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications. For more information, please visit   –from the press release

Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom

October 20, 2010

Special guest Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and co-founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, will host a press conference at Wayne State University to announce the opening of the “Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom” exhibit at the Walter P. Reuther Library.  He also will discuss the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union and its effect on Poland and all of Eastern Europe. Other topics that Walesa is available to address with the news media include the U.S. labor movement and the state of labor in Poland and Europe.

The new exhibit will be open to the public October 27, 2010 to July 1, 2011.

For more information and to RSVP to the Exhibit Opening at 3 PM on October 26th:

Click here to read an article in Polish News about the efforts of Michael Smith, Director of the Reuther Library and Marcin Chumiecki, Director of the Polish Mission at St. Mary’s Schools in Orchard Lake to bring about the exhibit and Walesa’s visit.

Chopin Evening Gala

August 9, 2010

ORCHARD LAKE, MI – The Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools, in cooperation with the Chopin Foundation of the United States, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and Moet Hennessy; the official distributer of Chopin Vodka in the United States, [and] Oakland MRI cordially invite you to a performance by world-renowned concert pianist and winner of the 2010 National Chopin Piano Competition – Claire Huangci.  The Chopin Evening Gala will take place Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m. in the Shrine Chapel located at 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, Michigan (on the campus of Orchard Lake Schools).  Tickets are $30 and include a wine and dessert reception at 5:00 p.m. in the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, as well as an art exhibit featuring the sculptures of prominent Polish artist, Jan Siuta.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Flood Relief Effort in Poland organized by Caritas Krakow under the supervision of Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz.

Huangci began playing piano at the young age of six. A year later, she was featured on Fox News as a child prodigy, with “the skills of a professional pianist.” Since then, Huangci has performed across the globe in many of the world’s greatest concert halls and performing art centers including: Carnegie/Zinkel Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Konzerthaus (Vienna), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Tonhalle (Zurich), Herkulessaal  (Munich), Salle Cortot (Paris), and Gewandhaus (Frankfurt, Leipzig).

Huangci has won countless prestigious international awards, such as the 1999 World Piano Competition; 2003 Philadelphia Orchestra Competition; 2006 Kosciuszko Chopin International Piano Competition; 2006 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition; 2009 International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Germany, and recently, first prize at the 2010 National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States.

“It is going to be a magnificent event that will commence a series of annual concerts on our campus,” says Marcin Chumiecki, director of the Polish Mission. “Not only do we have the honor of presenting this extraordinary and celebrated concert pianist to Michigan music and art lovers, but we will also be commemorating the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin’s birth, as well as the 125th anniversary of the founding of Orchard Lake Schools.” As seating is limited to 500, please purchase your tickets in advance by visiting our website or by calling 248.683.0412.

About the Polish Mission
Founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish -American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications. For more information, please visit

About the Chopin Foundation of the United States
Founded by Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel in 1977, the Chopin Foundation stemmed from the First National Chopin Piano Competition held in Miami in 1975 under the auspices of the American Institute of Polish Culture. For more information, visit

~From the Press Release~

More info:

MotorCities Polonia

July 6, 2010

MotorCities Polonia

The MotorCities National Heritage Area (MCNHA) awards the Polish Mission at Orchard Lake Schools the maximum grant of $10,000 to facilitate the creation of a lineage project documenting Polish-American autoworkers. The Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI) will offer workshops that will guide researchers in completing three components of their history: employment in the auto industry; documentation of the immigration process; and a description of the economic status of the Polish village they left behind. Cecile Jensen, Director of PARI, is seeking participants who would like to enroll in the workshops and submit their family histories. Her latest publication – Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy - will be the manual for the project. The completed family histories will expand the international knowledge of the Polish experience in the auto industry.

Mike Smith, Director of the Walter Reuther Library, states: “The Walter Reuther Library at Wayne State University, the official archives for the UAW, is extremely pleased to work with the Polish Mission on this most important endeavor. The founding and growth of the UAW is entwined with the history of Polish immigrants and Polish-Americans, who were significant contributors to the development of the automobile industry. The Reuther Library will support this great project with materials and images from our extensive UAW archives and I will personally work with the Polish Mission. Finally, congratulations to the Polish Mission and PARI on receiving this grant.”

–From the Press Release (click link to read entire press release)

Paul Taylor Author Visit @ Maida Library

April 7, 2010


           The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library today announced that Paul Taylor – author of Orlando M. Poe:  Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer – will pay a special visit to the library at 6:30 pm on April 28th for an evening of first-rate storytelling; book signing and question-and-answer time with guests. 

            Taylor is visiting the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2010 “Michigan Notable Authors Tour.”  This year, 16 authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2010 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 45 libraries throughout the state. 

            The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library is located at 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI.  For details about this author event, call 248-706-4211 or visit

            “It’s a literary treat to have Paul Taylor in our community, sharing his captivating work with our friends and neighbors in such an open, accessible way,” said Caryn Noel, director of the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library.  “Michigan is home to some of the best stories and storytellers found anywhere in the country.  An author of Taylor’s caliber here, in our library, will make it an evening to remember.”

            “This year’s Michigan Notable Books delve into wonderfully diverse topics and offer something of interest for just about everyone,” said State Librarian Nancy R. Robertson.  “The tour offers the opportunity for book enthusiasts in many corners of the state to join in the conversation about what constitutes ‘great writing’ and to hear from some of the Great Lakes region’s most beloved authors.”

            Author and historian Paul Taylor will speak on his new book, Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer. The work chronicles the life of a man who Taylor believes to be one of the most influential yet underrated and overlooked Union soldiers of the Civil War.  Poe was actively engaged in the war from day one, and in addition to his various engineering duties, he played the role of key aide and confidant to such wartime luminaries as Generals George McClellan, Ambrose Burnside, and William T. Sherman.  From privates to major generals, Poe earned the respect and admiration of all he served with, yet the bitter partisan politics of the day beset him with career and promotion disappointments almost from the start.
          Following the war, Poe supervised the design and construction of numerous Great Lakes lighthouses before returning to Sherman’s side as engineering aide-de-camp in 1873. Following Sherman’s retirement as General of the Army eleven years later, Poe returned to his adopted home of Detroit where he would soon begin his most famous work: the design and construction of what would become the largest shipping lock in the world at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

            Michigan Notable Books is designed to promote reading and raise awareness of Michigan’s literary heritage.  The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. 

            The 2010 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Cooley Law School, ProQuest, NA Publishing Inc., Auto-Owners Insurance and the Michigan Center for the Book.  Media Sponsors are, City Pulse, WKAR, Queue Advertising and Tom Gennara Photography.

          Proudly brought to you by the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, pleased to serve the Orchard Lake Schools and happy member of the Detroit Area Library Network.

Lonergan Symposium

March 1, 2010

SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan will be hosting a symposium entitled “Re-energizing our Intellectual Life: Faith seeking Understanding” on Tuesday March 16, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI.  Admission is free and all interested are invited.  For any questions, please call 248-706-4211.

Welcome Address – Msgr Charles Kosanke, Rector
Program Introduction – Fr. Louis Madey, Coordinator

Presentations followed by questions and discussion:






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