Photos: The Polish Saturday School Celebrates Coming Back to Saint Stan’s

Monsignor Peter Adamski Polish Saturday School in Buffalo is proud to announce that after eleven years, it is returning home to its roots at St. Stanislaus, the mother church of Polonia, and the Broadway-Fillmore area to join in the revitalization of this historic area.

The Polish Saturday School in Buffalo is part of a large network of supplementary schools which provide courses for Polish American children to ensure they maintain their Polish identity and are a staple of Polonia worldwide that helps preserve and share the traditions of Poland. The Buffalo Polish Saturday School was founded in 1955 by members of the Polish Teachers Federation and Post 33 of the Polish Army Veterans Association of WW II, who wanted to impart their knowledge of Polish traditions to thousands of children. To keep the flame of Polish culture and language burning, they started the school to teach their children how to read, write and speak the Polish language. The school now in its 64th year, brings together children and adults to learn about Polish heritage and be a part of Buffalo Polish community.

St. Stanislaus’ Church is considered the mother church of the Polish diaspora worldwide. The parish was established on June 8, 1873 by Rev. Jan Pitass and the Society of Saint Stanislaus. The original church, a two story, wood frame church built in 1874, was converted to a school shortly after the present-day church was completed in 1886.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Saturday September 28th at 11AM at the official home of the Polish Saturday School at 120 Wilson Street Buffalo, NY 14212 to celebrate a new direction and a renewed historic partnership between these historic Buffalo institutions and the remarkable Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.

The ceremony was followed by a tour of the new school and the historic church which holds one of the largest collections of historic Polonia photos going back to the church’s completion in 1886 and Pope John Paul II’s visit to Buffalo.

The Polish Saturday School’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/polishsaturdayschool/

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Photo by Greg Olma

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