Call for a Signature in a Letter in Defense of Orchard Lake Seminary

The Polish diaspora and influential personalities from Poland are campaigning to prevent the liquidation of the only seminary for the Polish diaspora in the United States. If you agree with the letter to maintain the active status of the 137-year-old only seminar for the Polish diaspora, join us and sign this letter.

Information about the signature should be sent to the following address:

Christopher (Krzysztof) J. Gajda, MBA, CPA
President, Polish Association in Texas

Here is a link to the video of a well-known journalist, editor Witold Gadowski:

Witold Gadowski about Orchard Lake (Source: pCloud)

Here is the content of the letter:

November 1, 2022

Most Reverend Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
12 State Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Your Excellency:

We are respectfully petitioning to keep the status of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary as open.

We do understand that operations at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary may need to be suspended, but we strongly advocate for an open status of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary without liquidating this unique national institution – the only Polish Seminary in the United States of America, which has served as an important historical and holy site for Polish-American Catholics for over 137 years.

Fr. Joseph Dabrowski founded the seminary understanding the needs of the Polish immigrants who arrived in America. For decades, Polish-Americans have been one of the strongest pillars of the Catholic faith in the United States. The seminary is a beautiful institution to deliver priests to the Polish community. As long as the seminary is open and we have your blessing and vote, our community can still believe that our ancestors’ effort is in good hands and continue formation of priests for years to come.

Thank you in advance for your support of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and saving Polish-American heritage for future generations. There are almost 1 million Catholics of Polish descent in Michigan, and they will always remember your kindness.


Christopher (Krzysztof) J. Gajda, MBA, CPA
President, Polish Association in Texas

The image of an elderly man kneeling and handcuffed, while singing the Polish national anthem, accompanied by American policemen, during a patriotic ceremony, in the presence of the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, a local bishop and other VIPs, went out into the world. Despite many scandals having already surfaced around Orchard Lake over the years, yet another has been triggered.


The Polish Institute of Culture and Research at Orchard Lake is a not-for-profit organization that serves the Polish American community, regionally and nationally, as a center for Polish and Polish American culture and research. As part of the Orchard Lake Schools and rooted in the teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, the Institute is part of an ancient, living tradition of Polish and Polish American culture and serves as center for research and cultural activity for people from throughout its region, across North America, and around the world.


St. Cyril and Methodius, commonly known as the Polish Seminary, was founded in 1885 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1909, due to better housing conditions, it was moved to the nearby Orchard Lake, where it exists today. The creation of this seminary is connected with the mass economic emigration of Poles to the United States.


We, the undersigned representatives of Polonia, concerned by the latest news about the Orchard Lake Schools posted in American newspapers and on television, are asking you about the current state and future plans for the three organizations under the Polish Mission directions: Galeria, Museums, and The Central Archives of Polonia.


With this article, we would like to encourage all Americans of Polish descent and Polish government officials to reflect, and then to make sensible, joint efforts to save Polish national heritage abroad, in particular the unique archives of the Polish Mission in Orchard Lake, Michigan.