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Diocese of Youngstown Shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa
In 2010, the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J, enlisted PolishYoungstown’s help to initiate an effort with the parish of St. Columba Cathedral to renovate the baptistery into a shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa. This was done to welcome the parishioners of St. Casimir and St. Stanislaus
into the cathedral parish upon the closure of their reorganized churches. Financial campaigns and contributions raised from PolishYoungstown, the St. Casimir Society, and Cathedral parishioners made this effort a reality. The parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka graciously bestowed their incredible mosaic icons to serve as the centerpiece of the shrine. It serves as an enduring symbol of the sacred mission of Our Lady as protector of Poland and her people everywhere.The Shrine was dedicated on October 30, 2012, with guests from around the region and capped off with a performance by Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble of Poland. It is open to the public, offers prayer cards and recordings, and is available for devotion whenever the Cathedral is open.
(Aundréa Cika Heschmeyer, August 10, 2023 , Polish American News)
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