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Polish Museum and Pope Mass

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0182
Run Time
0h 10m 1s
Mag Stripe
Date Produced
circa 1978
This film features Catholic Mass possibly held within the Zgoda Building at 1201 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.
The film begins with an exterior view of the Zgoda Building at 1201 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, the location of the Polish National Alliance. The scene changes to a small table (later revealed to be directly in front of an altar) with a photo of Karol Wojtyla, Polish Archbishop, together with chalice and host to be used for Catholic Mass. The remainder of the film shows a Mass concelebrated by three priests. Rev. Edwin Karlowicz, C.R., is the primary celebrant of the Mass; the other two concelebrants are unidentified. Rev. Edward Janas, C.R., assists. A Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) sign hangs above the altar and glass case exhibits are momentarily visible outside the perimeter of the room, both of which suggest the possibility that the Mass may actually take place at the nearby Polish Museum of America (The PRCUA is headquartered at the Museum). Revs. Karlowicz and Janas were both active in the PRCUA and in Polish-American Catholic activities in Chicago. This Mass is likely a celebration of the election of Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II, which occurred on October 16, 1978. Prior to his election as Pope, Karol Wojtyla had visited the PMA twice, most recently in 1976. Alternatively, this could be a celebration of Thaddeus Kosciusko, whose image is visible on a banner.
Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)