(Bielsko-Biala, Poland) Redemptorist Sisters celebrated the anniversary of 30 years of their presence on Sunday, September 29, in Poland. Fr. Dariusz Paszyński C.Ss.R., vicar provincial of the Province of Warsaw presided over the solemn Mass at the monastery church on the “Three Linden Trees Hill” in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. The concelebrants were Fr. Andrzej Kowalski C.Ss.R., a former chaplain and Fr. Jarosław Liebersbach C.Ss.R. who ministers as a chaplain of the convent nowadays. The celebration was also well attended by many residents from the neighborhood and the town.
Fr. Paszyński addressed the Redemptorist Sisters in his homily, as he thanked them for their witness of how to live the word of God on the daily basis in the contemporary world where so many people seem to lose their faith and any link to the eternity. He appreciated the life and work of the Sisters who began in Bielsko an oasis where the people can come and find spiritual nourishment as they experience the beauty of the liturgy, prayerful silence and warm welcoming by the Sisters.
The Redemptoristines came from Scala in Italy to Poland 30 years ago where they find their temporary home at the Marian shrine in Tuchów, close to the Redemptorist Major Seminary. After three years, in 1992, they moved to Bielsko-Biala to build the proper convent with a church. Some sisters from the community in Bielsko-Biała were sent to start new convents in Kežmarok and Vranov (Slovakia), Pietropawlowsk (Kazakhstan) and Lviv (Ukraine). Now the Redemptoristine Sisters have 40 convents with over 400 sisters in many countries.