During his homily, Fr. Provincial addressed the Polish Highlanders:“The golden crown which you funded is an expression of your trust and surrender to the protection of the Mother of God.It is likewise and expression of your work and your self-denial.It is a simple gesture of saying to the Blessed Mother: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of Your womb.”
At the conclusion of his homily, Fr. Tadeusz Florek read the decree of Bishop Hying, by which our Shrine was officially established as “The Shrine of Our Lady of Ludźmierz.”
Among the honored guests taking part in this ceremony were also the Consul Konrad Zieliński along with his wife, who read the letter of congratulations sent from the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.
Among the various organizations present, the most numerous were representatives of the Polish Highlanders’ Alliance of North America, whose many “circles” gather here around their Patroness throughout the year. Their President Józef Cikowski said to those assembled:“We, the Highlanders from the mountain region of Podhala gather here today to pray in thanksgivingfor the many graces we have received and to ask Mary, our Lady of Munster for her continued protection.As a token of our gratitude, Holy Mother, we have placed upon your head a crown honoring you as Queen of heaven and earth, as Queen of Polish Highlanders here in our new fatherland, America.”
Of course, the occasion was also marked by the presence of the faithful most closely connected with the Shrine:The Secular Carmelite Family (OCDS), the Committee for the 600th Anniversary of Ludźmierz, our St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School, as well as the faithful who pray with us on a regular basis here at our Shrine.As befits an authentic Solemnity here at the shrine, the event concluded with a traditional Highlanders’ picnic in our garden.
Before the ceremony, the miraculous figure underwent a thorough renovation at the hands of Leszek Maćkowiak.The golden crown, apple, and scepter for the Blessed Mother as well as the little crown for the Infant Jesus were funded by our benefactors, who in addition to their monetary contributions also offered various golden ornaments for this purpose.
From that day of coronation, every Tuesday during our evening Holy Mass in Polish, we entrust to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lady of Munster, all the intentions of our benefactors as well as those intentions which are written down day by day in the special Book of Prayer placed under her image.