Chronicle


letter from the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the canonical establishment of the Carmelite Monastery in Munster.

Venerable Father Custodian, together with the entire Community of Discalced Carmelite Fathers! Dear compatriots! Ladies and gentlemen! On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the canonical establishment of the Carmelite Monastery in Munster, I extend my heartfelt congratulations, greetings and best wishes to both the Reverend Hosts of this unique place and the community of the faithful, benefactors and pilgrims gathered around it. I sincerely thank all those who made the local Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ludzmierz, an important center of religious and cultural life for the Polish community in America.   more...  


The coronation of the Miraculous Figure of

Our Lady of Ludźmierz in Munster, IN

The year 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the blessing by Pope John Paul II of the authentic copy of the Statue of our Lady of Ludźmierz located in our church. On August 14, 1991, when the saintly Pope designated the Statue for promoting this devotion at our Shrine, he said: “May the Queen of the Polish Highlanders be for you in America this same Queen as she is in Poland.”In the course of these years, Our Lady of Ludźmierz, through the graces granted through her intercession, has expressed her maternal protection not only in regard to the Polish Highlanders but also in regard to the local community in Chicago and its surrounding area. As an expression of our gratitude, we decided to express our thanks to Mary through a solemn coronation of her “miraculous figure” and once again entrust to her all the faithful who visit this Shrine in such great numbers.   more...   


Consecration of the Church

Despite the fact that the church at our monastery was built many years ago, it was never formally consecrated, and for this reason, a general renovation undertaken in the spring of 2015 became an ideal occasion for us to consecrate it.After the renovation was completed, during a Solemn Holy Mass on November 12, 2015, Bishop Donald Hying, the Ordinary of the Diocese of Gary, carried out the consecration of our renovated church. At the ceremony, apart from the great numbers of the faithful gathered for the occasion, along with guests from Poland and our entire Carmelite community, our Provincial Superior, Fr. Tadeusz Florek, OCD, also took part.The provincial brought from Rome relics of St. John Paul II, which were placed in the new marble altar.   more...