An Honor for a Priest We Know …

Fr. Andrew Augustyński, a priest of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Vincent de Paul (Province of Poland), who has repeatedly visited our parish to preach and lead retreats, was awarded the TOTUS (an important Catholic Prize in Poland), which is granted in connection with Papal Day by the Work of the New Millennium Foundation. Awards in the form of trophies and prize money are presented in four categories: advancement of man, charity work and education, achievements in the field of Christian Culture, the advancement of the teachings of John Paul II and Media Totus to commemorate Bishop Jan Chrapka, as well as his role in presenting John Paul II and his teachings in the media.Fr. Andrew received an award in the category of advancement of man, charity work and education. He is the chairman of "U Siemachy" Association in Krakow for 18 years. It is a public benefit organization, supporting the development of children and young people in 24 offices in Krakow and in Poland. The network of childcare centers continues the tradition of the "House of Refuge and voluntary work for the poor and abandoned boys" founded in the nineteenth century in Cracow by Fr. Casimir Siemaszko, CM. Fr. Augustynski is also the president of the Foundation for Social Development DEMOS and chairman of the Education Committee of the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Krakow. Congratulations to Father Andrew upon receiving this award and we wish you all of God’s graces as you continue to provide an invaluable service for so many needy children and adolescents.