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In Kalisz (Poland), nearly 100 Jesuits (fathers, brothers, clerics and novices) celebrated Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph is a special patron of the Polish Jesuits, because in 1950 to him was entrusted the fate of both Polish provinces of the Society of Jesus in the face of the threat of banning the Order by the communist authorities. The superiors of that time also took an oath in which they promisd to undertake a visit to the sanctuary in Kalisz every year, if the Order's activity in Poland would not be interrupted.

Also this year, on September 12, Jesuits from both Polish Provinces of the Society of Jesus came in large numbers to Kalisz to thank God for the fact that the Jesuit Order was able to continue its activities throughout the communist period. Representatives of all communities and novices were present at the ceremony.  They thanked for the newly created works and for all the graces received last year. They asked for the further care of St. Joseph, not only of what they do in Poland, but also in Denmark and Ukraine.  "We are giving more and more to Saint Joseph," said Father Provincial Tomasz Ortmann.

During the concelebrated Holy Mass presided over by His Excellency Bishop Lukasz Buzun OSPPE, we heard during the homily delivered by the Provincial Father Jakub Kołacz SJ, important words about gratitude and about the radical and tenacious following of Christ.

At the end of the Mass, the Bishop thanked the Jesuits for their service and emphasized that the greatest works of gratitude were created in the Church.

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