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Poland - 100th anniversary of "Łosiówka" Salesian Seminary of Krakow

10 April 2018

(ANS - Krakow) – Last Saturday, 7 April, a conference was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Salesian Seminary in Krakow, known as "Łosiówka" - named after the first owner, Count Łoś; its theme: "Fighting for young people; who is the arbiter (referee) of this match?", part of a cycle of talks entitled: "Dialogues on Education."

The conference was above all an opportunity to reflect on the past and on the future of "Łosiówka" and the state of youth education in general in view, too, of the 100th anniversary celebrations of Poland's independence (1918-2018).

Organized jointly by the Salesian Province "St Hyacinth" of Poland-Krakow (PLS), the Salesian Center of Education and the "Łosiówka" seminary, and under the patronage of the Scientific Society of Francis de Sales, the event was attended by Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Regional Councilor for Central and Northern Europe, and by Fr Adam Parszywka, PLS Provincial, who opened the meeting, greeted guests, members of the Salesian Family, educators and students of Salesian schools.

In the morning, after the introduction by the meeting's main organizer, Fr Sylwester Jędrzejewski, SDB, a number of authoritative speakers, Salesians and others, spoke of the service of the house to the Church and to the Nation; the most significant figures emerged over the years; the contribution offered to the country's musical and cultural life; as well as in educational theater.

This first phase ended with a mini-concert of the seminary's student choir "Canticum", and was followed by a second cycle of talks: on Salesian youth spirituality experimented at 'Łosiówka' (1918-2018), on the challenges for the present and for the future for that same spirituality; and on the experience of the group "Art. 43" in relation to evangelization", which also included a presentation by the NGO of Salesian Missionary Volunteers "Młodzi Światu".

In the afternoon, the program continued with a round table entitled "Let's have a conversation ..." which, with a view to the upcoming Youth Synod, discussed how to help young people look to the future with confidence and hope. Animating the debate were: Fr Rozmus, Fr Parszywka, Anna Batka, the parents' representative, and Marek Pałczyński, former animator of the Kielce oratory and currently a teacher.

The day of celebration ended with a summary of the presentations and the thanks of Fr Dariusz Kozłowski, Director of the "Łosiówka" seminary.

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