Today, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I announce my intention of writing a book in the next year during my free time [in other words, it will be a project done in the wee hours of the morning and under the supervision of the moon at night]. This is certainly not something I have thought of on a “whim,” but is a project that I have been thinking and praying about for quite some time. I believe it is now the time to begin and I need your help!
The Book – “The Other Polish Cardinal: Karol Wojtyla’s Visit to Wisconsin”
The goal of this project is to research, write, design and print a 100 page book detailing the visit of a Polish Cardinal to Central Wisconsin that was never supposed to happen.
In 1976, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point professor, Dr. Waclav Soroka, who was previously forced into exile by the Communists in Poland, invited Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski to speak at the Annual Lectures on Poland at the University. Cardinal Wyszynski was well known for his opposition to the Communist regime in Poland and was the leader of all the Catholics in his country. However, the Cardinal could not make it, so he made a suggestion: invite the “other Polish Cardinal.”
The “other Polish Cardinal,” as he was known at the time, was Cardinal Karol Wojtyla. Providentially he was attending the International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia that summer and was willing to travel to Central Wisconsin to give the address. Little did anyone in Stevens Point know at the time that they would be welcoming a future Pope (John Paul II) as well as a living Saint.
This project is certainly one that will take a lot of time and effort. Also, since I intend to self-publish and print this book, I will need the necessary funds to make this possible. In order to do this, I have utilized a website service called “Kickstarter.” Here is a basic description of this website:
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The unique part about Kickstarter is that if a person does not raise enough money to meet their goal in the time allotted, the project is dead and nobody is charged anything. As a result, I will have 30 days to raise money to meet my goal and if I don’t meet the goal, I will not move forward with the project.
In any case, I would ask that you check out my project by clicking here. On Kickstarter there is a more detailed explanation of the project as well as a preview of the book’s contents. I am excited about this project and I hope it will draw a lot of attention to Central Wisconsin as a place of pilgrimage for those who have a devotion to Blessed (Saint) Pope John Paul II. I have a particular closeness to John Paul II, not only because of my Polish ancestry, but also because my birthday is October 22nd, which is now the day that the universal Church celebrates the life of John Paul II.
In the end, I need all the help I can get, both large and small donations are most gladly accepted.