A rare winter storm hit Charleston, South Carolina beginning on January 28, 2014. Unfortunately, that meant that many of the events that were planned for Charleston were cancelled. When the storm hit, roads and bridges were closed because of icy conditions and downed power lines.
Washington, January 22 2014
"From Ocean to Ocean" Czestochowa Icon
Visits Washington DC
The pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa braved -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Farenheit) to participate in the 41st March for Life in Washington DC. The "From Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life reached the shores of North America five months ago, and has already traveled 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) in an effort to recover a culture of life.
Members of the Knights of Malta and leaders of Human Life International escorted Our Lady, as did the international coordinators of the From Ocean to Ocean Campaign, Ewa and Lech Kowalewski.
Our Lady of Czestochowa in her pilgrim Icon was a guest of the world's largest Catholic radio and television station EWTN, the so-called. "Mother Angelica Television". This program is received in 125 million homes. It has 606 million Internet viewers and 184 million radio listeners. The Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa first participated in the Holy Mass in the chapel of the station, and then in the program EWTN Live. We invite you to view the program.
The Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr is located in an area of Cleveland, Ohio known as “Warszawa” or the “Slavic Village”. This area was settled by Polish and Czech immigrants who immigrated to Cleveland seeking work in the steel factories and woolen mills in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Youngstown is located in northeast Ohio in the Mahoning Valley and is Ohio’s ninth largest city. Youngstown is part of what has become known in some quarters as the “Rust Belt” – a region in the Northeast and Central States in which many cities were prosperous, but have declined demographically and economically due to the loss of industry.
Between the 1920s and the 1960s Youngstown was an important center of steel production. But its fortunes waned with the decline of the U.S. steel industry in the 1970s. The city has lost 60% of its population since 1960.
On October 16, I brought the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa to my home parish of St. Thomas More in Fairfield, New Jersey. Fr. James Manos, the Pastor, was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith before entering the Catholic Church as an adult, so he has a great understanding and appreciation of icons. He also speaks out consistently in defense of life, and has been very supportive of me and the work of Human Life International.
St. Thomas More Parish has a largely Italian-American congregation, but on this night the Polish-Americans outnumbered them.
It seems as if every week brings a new report of some group calling for a “compassionate” way to do away with those who are severely disabled or near the end of their natural lives.
The pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa visited St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart Churches in Newburgh, New York on October 14-15.
Newburgh is located 60 miles north of New York City, and was General George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolution. It was here that George Washington vigorously rejected a proposal that he become something like an American monarch.