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Very Reverend Canon Mirosław K. Król, M.A.,

S.T.L., a native of Poland and former student of

SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (SSCMS), was

installed as the fourth Chancellor of the Orchard

Lake Schools (OLS) on Tuesday, October 3,

2017 during Holy Mass at the Chapel of Our

Lady of Orchard Lake, which is also the official

Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II. The

event was a spectacular celebration of Christian

love and the strength of the Orchard Lake Schools

family. Students, faculty, and staff from the three

departments of the Orchard Lake Schools were

in attendance (SSCMS, St. Mary’s Preparatory,

and The Polish Mission), in addition to over 300

dignitaries, friends, and neighbors.

This marks the rejuvenation of the OLS’s

133-year history that began in 1885 when Fr. Józef

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browski established a Polish Catholic Seminary

in Detroit to serve the Polish-American community. His

mission was sustained in the words of St. John Paul II who

twice visited the campus, and stated, “If the Orchard Lake

Schools did not exist, it would be necessary to establish

them,” and, “Fill Orchard Lake to capacity; sustain

Orchard Lake; we need Orchard Lake!”

Fr. Król is the 13th overall head of the OLS, and

the first Polish-born one in 50 years to lead America’s

only Polish Seminary, St. Mary’s Preparatory, and The

Polish Mission. He was installed by Archbishop of Detroit

Allen H. Vigneron, in the presence of Primate of Poland

Archbishop Wojciech Polak, other bishops and priests,

government officials, priests from the dioceses of which

SSCMS alumni serve, and numerous others from Polonia

and the OLS extended community.

Notable guests from the Polish diplomatic corps

were in attendance, such as Director of Department of

Cooperation with Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad at the

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