A Scalabrinian Mission among Polish Immigrants in Boston 1893-1909
Silvano M. Tomasi, c.s.
This paper describes Scalabrini’s mission among Polish Immigrants. The paper states that the evolution of Scalabrini’s understanding of his Congregation and the peculiar style of group belonging and identity of the first missionaries seem to explain the events and the development of the Polish Scalabrinian mission in Boston. Scalabrini took an active role by visiting and ministering to Polish immigrants, changing the vow formula to include their care, by ordaining a second priest from Poland to be assigned to their assistance. The success of Scalabrini’s pastoral outreach to Polish immigrants, however, rested with his exemplary missionary John Chmielinski.