The John Paul II – 1000
Business & Professional Club
We are pleased to announce that on Jan. 8, 2004, Father Adam FILAS, O.M.I, Pastor of St. Eugene de Mazenod Mission in Brampton, ON launched the long-awaited “John Paul II – 1000 Professional & Business Club” (in brief: “John Paul II – Club 1000”). At the Club¢s first meeting, an interim Steering Committee was elected: Andrew Krawczyk – Chair, Stan Szaflarski – Vice Chair , Elizabeth Wolska – 2nd Vice Chair and Peter Hoffman and Christopher Endras. members
The “John Paul II – Club 1000” was established in response to the needs of the Polish and Canadian Business people and Professionals themselves, as well as the challenge – a Millennium Project – for the Brampton Polish Community to build a place of worship. Thanks to the ongoing kindness and friendship of Archbishop Stanisław Dziwisz, the Pope¢s Secretary, the Holy Father has been following with keen interest the development of this project. He has imparted his apostolic blessing.
- To ensure spiritual formation based on Christian values and work ethics
- To facilitate interaction among Business people and Professionals
- To foster mutual cooperation and support
- To exchange ideas and experiences
- To give energetic support to cultural heritage and traditions
- To foster greater sensitivity to charitable needs (at present, the building of St. Eugene de Mazenod Church, Copernicus Lodge, Catholic Youth Studio, the Missions)
- To promote excellence, quality, and professionalism, and to ensure that Businesspeople and Professionals of Polish background are recognized widely by their peers throughout North America.
- To live out the Catholic social teachings in solidarity with the Holy Father – a great honour and privilege
- Participating in an organization of great distinction and purpose – a first in the history of the Polish-Canadian Community
- A plaque with one¢s name or business in the crypt of St. Eugene de Mazenod Church
- A Papal blessing for each Professional or Businessperson
- The Community¢s enduring gratitude
- The publication of a special edition of the “John Paul II – Club 1000” Directory
- A desire for personal growth in faith and holiness, and a commitment to the values of Christian living.
- A $1,000 first Membership contribution, to be passed on entirely to the St. Eugene de Mazenod Church Building Fund.
- A desire to build a united, strong and responsible Polish and Canadian Community, based on principles of fellowship, solidarity, mutual support, forgiveness and a passion for all that is good and positive.
To create a congenial, welcoming family atmosphere; to attain a membership of 1,000; and to pursue the Club’s objectives tirelessly.