July/August 2020
Greetings!
Save the Date!
PACT Annual Meeting - Nov. 14, 2020
in Anderson, Texas
~ You Are Invited ~
Watch for more info soon!
See more upcoming events below
Polish history lecture series online and free
on our website
Dr. Piotr Przybylski , 1st Vice President of PACT, has shared three Polish history lectures which he presented to the students of the St. John Paul II Institute of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas USA in April 2020. The lectures describe the military conflicts of Poland with neighboring empires and show Polish contribution in the creation, support, and development of the United States of America. They encompass the period from the 1st Commonwealth in the early 17th century, through Polish fight on independence during its 19th-century partitions and the 20th-century world wars to the fall of communism and 1st democratic elections in 1989. The last part, co-led by Prof. John Hittinger , Director of the John Paul II Institute, presents the philosophy of Karol Wojtyla and his influence on ending the Cold War when he was Pope John Paul II.
Elenora Dugosh Goodley was among the first descendants of the original immigrants that established St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish in Bandera, Texas. She also made it official that Bandera, Texas become "The Cowboy Capital of the World."
Elenora Goodley was a founding Director of the Polish American Council of Texas, the first Poland/USA International Ambassador for the city and county of Bandera, a member of the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation, the Polish Heritage Center USA, Founder of the Bandera County Sister Partnership with Strzelce Opolskie, Poland and Co-chair of the Bandera County Historical Commission. A service will be held on Aug. 29 at 10am at Porter Loring Mortuary North in San Antonio. Her presence and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by the entire PACT Board of Directors.
Our condolences to the family of one of our founding Directors, Elenora Dugosh Goodley
February 13, 1937 - April 13, 2020
The 2020-2021 PACT Directory
Everything Polish in Texas
will be available in about two weeks!
Members, watch for your issue in the mail.
A virtual flip-book will be available
on our website. Request a supply by
Welcome El Paso!
We are proud to welcome new PACT Director, Justyna Lopez , President of the General Casimir Pulaski Society of El Paso who are also new PACT members!

President of the Republic of Poland,  Andrzej Duda , and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda congratulate PACT Chairman Emeritus Bishop John W. Yanta after presenting him with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Houston, June 13, 2019
Photo courtesy of Jakub Szymczuk KPRP



We congratulate President Duda on his re-election and wish him and his family the fullness of God's blessings.


We wish to once again congratulate our 2020 Essay Contest Scholarship Winners, Jacob Campbell, Andrew Christy, Madison Dziuk, and
James Mismash who each won a $1000 scholarship.
Read their winning essays on our website .
Welcome to our new 2020-2021 PACT Youth Vice President, Gabe Podniesinski, President of the Texas A&M Polish Assn. Thank you to Olivia Rytelewski for serving 2019-2020.
Member news

The Polish Heritage Center USA in Panna Maria is progressing beautifully. Despite the pandemic, the facility still hopes to have the center completed in late November or early December. The center recently received a PLN 316,500 (USD $83,000) grant from the Wspόlnota Polska Association (WPA) for finishing the interior of the Main Exhibition Hall. This WPA grant was funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as PHC became a winner of the annual international competition “Cooperation with Polonia and Poles Abroad 2020 - Polonia Infrastructure.” We would like to congratulate the PHC on this tremendous achievement for American Polonia, especially the Most Rev. Bishop John Yanta, John Cebrowski, Al Notzon and the PHC Board of Directors!  Thank you everyone who helped the PHC to be in contact with WPA and who furnished the documentation for this grant to be achieved, especially  Consul General Robert Rusiecki, PACT Directors: Dr. Piotr Przybylski, Krzysztof Gajda and Dr. Waldemar Priebe,  as well as  Małgorzata Moore  and others.

Job Opportunity - The Polish Heritage Center USA is seeking to hire an Executive Director and a Librarian/Archivist. More info on their website .
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Check out the Zgoda Magazine from Polish National Alliance and see what has been happening in Texas and in other Polish Communities in the US.
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Watch the interview from Polish TB Station “W realu24” featuring PACT President, Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz and PACT Director, Krzysztof Gajda - here .
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Polish online classes - Polish Academy in Houston led by PACT member, Urszula Szuleta offers online Polish language classes for adults and children. Get info here or email .
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Help the children
Your help and support are greatly needed to support Project ACP .
ACP is a rare birth defect of the craniofacial, hands, and feet, referred to as Apert, Crouzon, and Pfeiffer Syndrome (ACP Syndrome) in the USA. It usually affects children . The project was developed by the Polish Association in Texas to train Polish physicians in the U.S. and to build a new center for treatment of the syndromes ACP in Poland.
Our website has many resources, videos, & photos - visit soon and join us today! Dziękuję!


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