90 LBS of Kiełbasa gone! Thank you for a great turn out and hope you enjoyed! Dziękujemy i zapraszamy w następnym roku

Saint John Paul II and The Polish Catholic Experience

by Fr. Raymond Gawronski, S.J. (Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley)

cosponsored by The Copernicus Foundation, Calvert House, and the UChicago Polish American Student Association

Often referred to as “The Polish Pope,” John Paul II is better described as a global pope. The Polish experience offers a unique perspective that bore fruit in the person of Pope John Paul II, who held the world’s attention for decades and offered a way to be Catholic in the Church’s new situation of worldly powerlessness. Through the lens of the Polish experience in Europe and America – the “Polish hermeneutic” – this talk will explore the contribution of the person and work of St. John Paul II to the Church and world.

Native New Yorker Fr. Raymond Gawronski is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province. Student of the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, he is the author of Word and Silence: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter Between East and West. He has written extensively on dogmatic and mystical theology, spirituality, American culture, and Polish and Slavic topics. He has been a lecturer at Georgetown University, professor of theology at Marquette University, and professor and spiritual director at the St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver. Currently, he is Visiting Scholar at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California and Professor at the St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. He is currently working on a collection of his writings on Polish topics and on John Paul II.

DATE :Thursday, May 1
TIME :7:00pm
WHERE: Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, 1025 East 58th Street

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PĄCZKI DAY was a success! Thank you to Oak Mill Bakery and all PASA members who helped sell Pączki! We are excited to announce many special events for this quarter. Some of them include : Pisanki, Kiełbasa on the Quad, and much more! Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay current with all UChicago PASA news! 

UCHICAGO PASA BOARD MEMBERS at the Fall Quarter PASA Potluck Event


UCHICAGO PASA provided UChicago students a break from exams with some delectable Polish treats! Food was gone within the first 5 minutes!!!


In Poland, the holiday Andrzejki (pronounced an-dzey-ki) is celebrated on the night of the 29th through 30th of November. Traditionally, the holiday was only observed by young single girls, though today both young men and women join the party to see their futures.Some women put pieces of paper (on which they have written potential husbands) under the pillow and first thing in the morning they take one out, which according to tradition reveals their future husband.


Thank You! to all of our guests that came out tonight for Wigilia! We hope you enjoyed this Polish cultural event and plan on joining us for many more events in the upcoming future! On behalf of Anna Bokun (PASA President) and the rest of the Board (Stephanie Maria Oehrlein Danusz Stanek Konrad Kubicki Dorothy Olszewski Esteban Zacharzewski Veronika Kondev and myself) WE THANK YOU & HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT QUARTER! Check the Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter page next quarter for upcoming events

PASA Presents: WIGILIA, a Christmas Eve Dinner

Join UChicago’s Polish American Student Association in celebrating a traditional, Wigilia dinner. 

A little bit about WIGILIA—-From the Latin term “vigilare” (meaning “to await”) Wigilia is the term for Christmas Eve. The moment the first star, or the “gwiazdka” appears in the sky, dinner festivities can begin. Traditionally, the feast includes 12 meatless dishes served with “opłatek,” a thin wafer shared amongst guests & hosts.

*Limited space available, so sign up here!


WHERE: McCormick Tribune Lounge

PASA Meeting #2 will be this WEDNESDAY (Oct. 30) at 8pm in Hutchinson Commons. ALL are welcome to attend!