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The Association of Priests for Polish Affairs was formed in Buffalo, New York on January 11, 1912, its purpose being to afford Diocesan and Religious Order priests an opportunity to share culture and traditions among our Polish Parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Our Goals as an Association are to form a stronger friendship and communication among the Polish clergy. This is accomplished by quarterly meetings to discuss matters of concern arising from the membership and of interest from Polonia and the preservation of our cherished traditions.

Throughout the history of its 86 years the Association has been involved in promoting our Polish heritage and culture within the Diocese of Buffalo. We have been on the Planning Committee for the celebration of the Polish Millennium of Christianity in 1966 and the celebration of the 600th Anniversary of the arrival of the Portrait of Our Lady of Czestochowa to the Polish Fatherland in 1982.

In the past few years we have coordinated the visits of Polish dignitaries to the Diocese of Buffalo, such as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), Cardinal Jozef Glemp (the Primate of Poland), Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz (chairperson of the 1997 Eucharistic Congress in Wroclaw, Poland), and the Polish President Lech Walesa.

We have been a support to the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center through Parish collections and personal contributions.

We sponsor an Annual Mass for deceased Clergy and Religious in November to remember our Faithful Departed Priests and Religious Sisters and Brothers of the Buffalo Diocese.

In April of 1998 we sponsored the Ninth Annual P.A.P.A. (Polish American Priests Association) Convention in Niagara Falls, New York. Priests from all parts of the United States gathered in Niagara Falls for a 4-day convention to discuss "Polonia: Vision of Hope for the future."

We hope that with the help of God we will continue our involvement in the Polonia of Western New York into the New Millennium.

(Text prepared by Fr. Dennis Fronckowiak)


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