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the World Centre for Prayer for Peace
About This Initiative
What we do?
We build a Chapel of Peace and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica of Niepokalanów. This unique place in Poland is one of 12 Stars in the Crown of Mary Queen of Peace, which are International Centres for Prayer for Peace blessed by the Holy Father.Learn more
When will the Chapel be completed?
We wish the Polish Chapel of Peace be consecrated on
1 September 2018. It is a very special date: the anniversary of the outburst of World War II clearly proves the need for perpetual prayer for peace.
How can I help?
Construction of the Chapel of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament of such importance is a very complex work, both at the spiritual and financial level. To have such work completed, we need support by prayer, but also by financial means. This work is financed solely by donors, especially individual people.How you can help?
Chapel Of Adoration in Niepokalnów
For many years, the monastic and parish community in Niepokalanów together with pilgrims wished to create a Chapel of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Niepokalanów. This wish came true in 2017.
In 2008, Communita Regina della Pace (Community of the Queen of Peace) embarked on a project of creating 12 centres of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, called 12 Stars in the Crown of Mary Queen of Peace. In these centres chapels for prayer for peace will be created. The chapels are built at every continent, in locations that witnessed severe wars, religious or racial conflicts.
This work relates to teachings of St. John Paul II.
Unexpectedly, in November 2017, the Regina della Pace Community asked that one of the 12 Chapels of Peace be located at the Niepokalanów Basilica. Niepokalanów is a place related to St. Maksymilian Kolbe, who during World War II trusted his life to Virgin Mary before he sacrified it to save a life of another person.
Only then we realised that in one of his letters, St. Maksymilian projected a vision of perpetual adoration of Virgin Mary and the Blessed Sacrament in Niepokalanów.
St. Maksymilian wrote:
St. Maksymilian wrote:
“…I suppose that the basilica will be large, according to the needs, but modest and beautiful with the harmony of all parts, created for its only purpose: to redeem and sanctify as many souls as possible in Niepokalanów (...) I imagine a beautiful statue of Our Immaculate Lady in a grand altar, and between her open hands a monstrance with a perpetual exhibition of the Blessed Sacrament. Friars adore in turns. Whoever enters the church, goes to their knees, adores, looks at Our Immaculate Lady’s face, goes away, and She works with Our Lord Jesus on their request...”
We saw this letter as a sign that it is Niepokalanów where the perpetual prayer for peace should be performed.
We invite all the faithful to contribute to this work of great spiritual importance.
A project of the Chapel of Adoration in Niepokalanów
The central part of the altar in the Chapel of Adoration of Blessed Sacrament will be a true size sculpture of Virgin Mary with her hands open in invitation. Christ present in the Eucharist will be located under Mary's heart, in a large, brightly lit Host, shown under her parting coat. The silver figure of Virgin Mary will be surrounded by true size silver lilies, symbolising chastity. Lit from beneath, together with golden rays also surrounding the figure, they will present the aureola of light, in which the Virgin was seen during her apparitions in Lourdes, Guadelupe and Fatima. This figure resembles also the Miraculous Medal of Mary Immaculate, which was venerated by St. Maksymilian. At the crystal layer, 12 cut gemstones will be placed, symbolising 12 stars from the Apocalypse of St. John, which are also pictured at the Niepokalanów Miraculous Medal of Mary Immaculate.
Chapels of Peace
The Chapels of Peace with the Altars of Adoration are physical manifestations of the spiritual work of 12 Stars. They make it possible for the faithful to participate in the prayer for peace.
The Adoration Altars are made in Poland, at Drapikowski Studio of Gdańsk artists Mariusz and Kamil Drapikowski.
The centre of the altars are figures of Virgin Mary with Chris present in Eucharist under her heart.
Each Altar of Adoration is blessed in Vatican by the Pope. Then the altars peregrinate around Poland and Europe, so they become symbolically filled with prayers. Each Chapel is open with the participation of the Episcopate and government officials of a country, in which it is located.
Until now, 6 Stars – Adoration Altars have been opened: Bethlehem in Israel, Medjugorie in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Ozernoye in Kazakhsta, Jamusukro in Ivory Coast, Namyang in South Korea and Kibeho in Rwanda.
The seventh Chapel of Peace will be built in Dagupan, Philippines and the eighth Star in the Crown of Mary Queen of Peace is being built in Lesser Basilica in Niepokalanów in Poland. Sanctuary of Virgin Mary, Immaculate Omni-mediatress of All Glories.
12 Stars in the Crown of Mary Queen of Peace
Scope of Works
The Basilica in Niepokalanów, constructed in 1948-1954, has never been refurbished on a larger scale. Therefore, major construction works need to be performed before the Chapel of Adoration is completed.
The works in the Chapel of Adoration include installing new windows, modernisation of heating, general construction works, preparing sacral woodwork. In the Chapel itself, necessary works include floor replacement, wall removal, installation of new windows and stained glass, installation of heating and ventilation, general construction and finishing works. Only after these works are completed, the Adoration Altar may be located in the Chapel.
Preparation of space at the level -1 of the Basilica for the needs of the altar boys, music group and the Schola
Ordering of sacral oak woodwork (two-level closets, chests of drawers for the use of Sacristy II. This was caused by the fact that the canonicals needed to be removed from the space designed for the Chapel of Adoration
Preparation of architectural concepts of the Chapel of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Basilica in Niepokalanów
June – December 2017
Preparation of Sacristy II at the apse behind the presbytery of the Basilica. The scope of works:
- general construction and finishing works (installation of new windows, construction of partition walls to separate the Sacristy, painting, refurbishment of marble flooring, stonework relating to installation of doors)
- installation of a heating system and a boiler heater in the cellar of the Basilica
- electrical works (wiring) and installation of new lighting
October – November 2017
Advanced works over the architectural concept of the Chapel of Adoration, setting the scope of construction and finishing works regarding stained glass, sacral woodwork, flooring, heating and air conditioning
Preparation of technical documentation, acquiring of building permit regarding pulling down of the load-bearing wall in the space where the Chapel of Adoration will be located and construction of an upstand beam
Construction of the upstand beam above the space where the Chapel of Adoration will be located
Removing the closets and other furniture from the space where the Chapel of Adoration will be located, removal of flooring, removal of door framing
Installation of sacral woodwork in Sacristy II at the so-called Semicircle of the Basilica, moving of the canonicals and other liturgical objects to new closets
Activation of heating
Pulling down the partition wall separating the spaces where the Chapel of Adoration will be located
Preparatory works and installation of floor heating.
Installation (electricity, alarm, monitoring, ventilation) and construction works
April – June 2018
Alteration of the Chapel of Adoration stairway
Installation of new windows and stained glass
Installation of marble flooring
Installation of sacral woodwork
Installation of the altar
1 September 2018
Consecration ceremony of the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration
See photos from scope of works
How can I help?Become a part of this very special work.
We strongly believe that creation of the Chapel of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a God's work and therefore we believe that there are many people of good will that will support it. We wish that all persons who participate in creation of the Chapel felt that this is their offering, their answer to the voice of the Lord.
The Chapel of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be solely financed by public collection.
Support us with your prayer
The prayer is an indispensable support for this work. We ask for sincere prayers with special intention for everyone that participates in it, including all the donors. We wish wholeheartedly that prayer becomes a part of this work and is continued after the Chapel is completed.
What can we do?
It is our desire that the foundation of the Chapel of Adoration be a sincere prayer of numerous people worshipping the Blessed Sacrament. Selfless prayers of the suffering, the sick, the needy can be offered at any time with special intention for the Chapel of Adoration.
The Eucharist is the greatest gift. It may be individual offering of the Holy Communion, a Holy Mass, a rosary prayer, a Pompeian Novena, a fast, a pilgrimage or everyday sufferings offered this special intention.
We wish that the prayer involves more and more people. We ask people from all around Poland to join this continuation of the work of St. Maksymilian Kolbe. Many monastic and parish communities have already answered our request for prayer. We wish to thank them all with all our hearts. Everybody participating in the work of creating of the Chapel will be embraced by a prayer.
- Since 1 December 2017 a 9-month novena is held before the Celebration of consecration of the Chapel of Adoration. Everyday, we celebrate a Holy Mass with the special intention for the Chapel of Adoration, all people involved in this work as well as donors.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held every weekday at the Basilica.
- Every first Thursday of a month, a Holy Mass and a special serving is celebrated at the Basilica with the special intention for all the donors and people involved in the work of creating of the Chapel of Adoration.
You may give financial support for the construction works of the Chapel of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Niepokalanów in a simple manner using a crowdfunding platform Pomagamy.im.
Direct bank transfer
The construction of the Adoration Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is solely funded by donations. A special subaccount for this purpose, managed by Father Andrzej Sąsiadek, parish priest, has been created.
The transfers may be made to the account:
- Parafia rzymskokatolicka
- pw. Niepokalanego Poczęcia NMP w Niepokalanowie
- ul. O. M. Kolbego 5
- 96 – 515 Teresin
- 97 9284 0005 0009 8342 2000 0040
- Please indicate „Chapel of Adoration” with your name and address as the transfer title.
We ask for the name and address of the donor in the transfer title, because we want to send to every person or organisation that gave financial support a thankyou note with their name on it.
Special prayer intentions may be sent to email@example.com. They will be sealed and bricked up under the altar at the Chapel of Adoration, to stay perpetually under the feet of Our Lady.
In-kind donations are also accepted as a support for construction of the Chapel of Adoration. These may be silver and gold objects, which will be re-melted and used for creation of the altar. We will pray over each of the objects with the special intention as asked by the donor.
In-kind donations may be sent/delivered to:
- Father Andrzej Sąsiadek, Parish Priest
- Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Roman Catholic Parish
- ul. O. M. Kolbego 5
- 96 – 515 Teresin
Please include special intention for which we should pray.
We ask for the name and address of the donor to be included in the package, because we want to send every person or organisation that gave financial support a thankyou note with their name on it.
Who supports us
President of the Episcopal
Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki
Conference of Poland
Metropolitan bishop of Warsaw
Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz
Father Wiesław PyzioProvincial Superior of the Franciscan Order Province
of Mary Immaculate in Poland
Father Grzegorz Maria SzymanikGuardian
of the Niepokalanów Monastery
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