NY PAC TO HONOR PASTOR OF LONG ISLAND’S ST. HYACINTH

NEWS from THE POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS

DOWNSTATE NEW YORK DIVISION

177 Kent St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222 – (516) 352-7128

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          September 4, 2012

 

 

 NY PAC TO HONOR PASTOR OF

 LONG ISLAND’S ST. HYACINTH

 

 

Photo by Polish American Congress

 

Glen Head, N.Y. .. One of the first Polish Americans the Downstate New York Division of the

Polish American Congress chose to honor at its approaching 2012 Awards Banquet was

Rev. Msgr. Richard Kopinski (right), pastor of St.Hyacinth’s Roman Catholic Church in Glen

Head, N.Y.

 

Shown here with Msgr. Kopinski is Frank Milewski, president of the Downstate Congress, who

personally visited St. Hyacinth’s Church to congratulate the Monsignor for being selected for the

special designation.

 

Msgr. .Kopinski has been pastor of St. .Hyacinth’s for the past twenty years and will be

celebrating the 50th anniversary of his priesthood just two years from now.

 

In choosing him for the honor, the Downstate Congress will also be paying tribute to his entire

Parish “for the powerful spirit of Polish American patriotism that prevails there and sets an

example for all of us.”

 

That spirit was particularly evident during the 1980’s when Lech Walesa and the striking workers

of Poland’s first free trade union Solidarnosc (Solidarity) were in the midst of their fight against

the Communists who ruled the country at that time.  St. Hyacinth’s supported the efforts to bring

freedom and democracy to Poland by displaying a huge and highly visible Solidarnosc banner

across the parish grounds.

 

It was seen by thousands of motorists every day they drove along the adjacent Route 107.  The

banner stayed there for many years and removed only after Solidarity had won its battle with

the Communist regime.

 

It was also the members of St. Hyacinth’s who played an important role in influencing the City

of Glen Cove to dedicate a section of its public property in support of Solidarity and designating

it as “Lech Walesa Square.”

 

“I was proud to attend the ceremonies dedicating the square and to witness just how much the

determination and political awareness of these patriotic Polish Americans was able to accomplish,”

said Milewski.

 

Msgr,.Kopinski is a native Long Islander born and raised in Greenlawn.  After completing his

studies at Notre Dame University and then for the priesthood, he devoted himself to Long Island

as a teacher in high school and then at the seminary itself.

 

Assigned to parish duties afterwards, he spent eight years at Our Lady of Ostrabrama in

Cutchogue before coming to St. Hyacinth’s in 1992.

 

The Polish American Congress Awards Banquet will be held at Brooklyn’s Polonaise Terrace

on Sunday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m.

 

Contact: Frank Milewski

(516) 352-7125

pacdny@verizon.net

 

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