On August 28, 2016, Raymond T. Glembocki received the Pride of Polonia Award from the Polish Apostolate Committee at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in recognition of his service and years of generosity to Polonia and to the Catholic Church. The award ceremony was held after the solemn Mass at the Shrine presided by His Excellency Witold Mroziewski, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. Attendance at the Shrine was overfl owing with well-wishers and pilgrims, his family and devoted wife, Cecilia and their children. Adam Cardinal Maida, the Episcopal Liaison for the Polish Apostolate, in his letter to Mr. Glembocki said, “In my opinion you are uniquely qualifi ed to receive this distinctive honor for your support of Polonia in the United States by promoting the teachings of the Catholic Church, Polish Culture and the legacy of St. John Paul II.
“The Polish Apostolate Committee, affi liated with the Offi ce of Cultural Diversity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is chargedwith service to Polish speaking Catholics in the United States. The Glembocki’s have generously donated their time, talents and treasure to the Church and have infl uenced many organizations and touched many hearts.
As Past President and Current Treasurer of the Washington D.C. chapter of the Friends of the John Paul II Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Glembocki have been often recognized for their dedication and achievements, even receiving the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit in 2012 from the then President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski. Since 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Glembocki have been co-chairs of Polish Perspectives Booth for the American Council for Polish Culture at the annual National Conference for Social Studies. Their efforts have
produced books, lesson plans, fi lms and other materials for use in any curriculum, thereby spreading in accessible format the history and culture of Poland and Polonia. The Glembocki’s generosity and untiring efforts have ensured that generations of Polonia have access to information and educational material to better understand the Polish American cultural heritage.
In introducing Mr. Raymond Glembocki, Msgr. Anthony Czarnecki, National Chairman of the Polish Apostolate Committee, stated, “The future of Polonia depends in alarge degree on the level of our involvement and accountability for the presence of Gospel values in the contemporary, secular culture of our country. Mr. Glembocki’s involvement and accomplishments in the fi eld of promoting the Polish cultural and religious valuethrough a variety of activities helped many young people to strengthen their Polish identity.” For further information, contact: Msgr. Anthony Czarnecki, firstname.lastname@example.org. (508) 943-0467.