2017: A Year of Anniversaries
The Polish government has announced that 2017 will be a year to commemorate Adam Chmielowski, Joseph Conrad, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Honorat Koźmiński, Józef Piłsudski, and the Wisła river. Under UNESCO’s patronage, the 200th anniversary of Kościuszko’s death and the 100th anniversary of Ludwik Zamenhof’s death will also be marked.
Painter Adam Chmielowski is also known as Saint Brother Albert, founder of the Albertine Brothers and Sisters congregation. He is known for his work for the poor and homeless. The 100th anniversary of his death is marked on 25th December 2016. In 2017, it will be 130 years since he became a monk.
Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was the son of Siberian deportees. He wrote in English as Joseph Conrad and became one of world literature’s leading figures. He is the author of renowned novels like Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, The Shadow Line, and The Secret Agent. The 160th anniversary of his birth falls on 3rd December 2017.
Tadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish and American general, an ‘indomitable warrior in the struggle for independence’, and a participant of the American War of Independence. He was also the leader of a national insurrection in Poland against Russia and Prussia in 1794. The year 2017 is the 200th anniversary of his death.
Honorat Koźmiński (born Florentyn Wacław Jan Stefan Koźmiński) was a Polish Capuchin monk, theologist, presbyter, and founder of many religious congregations. In October 1988, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II.