The year 2020 was a very special one for our Carmelite community, marking the Jubilee of the 70th anniversary of the founding of our monastery, which we solemnly celebrated beginning on January 17th with a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the majority of celebrations and other events connected with the Jubilee were cancelled because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, which paralyzed the entire world for many months. Nevertheless, at the beginning of February, we were able to successfully organize a Jubilee dinner-dance in our Banquet Hall to mark the occasion.
The most significant celebration of the Jubilee took place for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Ludźmierz, on August 16th. Despite many limitations resulting from the pandemic, the celebration brought together a numerous representation of Chicago’s Polonia as well as the English-speaking faithful from our local parishes. A special distinction for us was a congratulatory letter from Andrzej Duda, the President of the Republic Poland, which was publicly read during the ceremony by Piotr Semeniuk, the Polish Consul to Chicago.