Msza św. ormiańskokatolicka

20 września 2020 r. godz. 16:00
Kościół Bożego Ciała
Wrocław, ul. Bożego Ciała 1

Msza św. ormiańskokatolicka

13 września 2020, godz. 11:00
w kościele Trójcy Świętej
Gliwice, ul. Mikołowska 2


On September 23, 2021, Archbishop Raphael Minassian, the former Ordinary of the Armenian Catholic Church for Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Eastern Europe was elected by the Holy Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church as a new Catholicos - the Patriarch of Cilicia for...

Consecutive 48th number of “Awedis” – Autumn 2021

The 48th autumn number of “Awedis” has just appeared – Autumn 2021. In the opening article Editor in Chief writes : Dear Readers, On September 27, a year passed from the Azerbaijani attack in Nagorno-Karabakh and the beginning of the 44-day war in which at least 7,000...

Vernissage of Exhibition of Portraits of Armenian Abbesses

Exhibition of portraits of Abbesses-the Benedictine nuns "Women with Crossiers" - open For over 70 years, the portraits were rolled up in the convent's attic. The Foundation for the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians received paintings from Benedictine Sisters...

On Popularizing of the Polish Armenians History by Pawel Grzesik in the Armenian Journal “Aravot”

The author of the article is Astghik Kirakosyan, who currently lives in Kielce. The article will be published in several parts in Armenian and English. I am glad that the most important stages of the history of Polish Armenians - from the Middle Ages to the present...

7th number of the scientific journal “Lehahayer”

The 7th issue of the Armenian scientific yearly "Lehahayer", published by the Center of Armenian Culture Research in Poland, edited by Andrzej A.Zieba. The following articles were published in the issue; -Armenians in Zamość in the first three decades of the city's...

Publication about the Lviv Archdiocese of the Armenian Catholic Rite – Awarded

We are pleased to inform you that on the basis of the decision of the Award Chapter of the "Przegląd Wschodni" (“Eastern Review”) , the award in the ”Dzieła Krajowe”("National Works") category for 2020 was granted to the book; “Lviv Archdiocese of the Armenian...

46th spring number of “Awedis”

The 46th spring number of “Awedis” has just appeared. In the article of Editor in Chief we read: Dear Readers, The war in Arcach ended with the November truce, but not everyone agreed with its arrangements. Protests in Armenia continue to this day. Demonstrators and...

Poland Provides Humanitarian Aid For Armenia

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Chancellery of the Council of Ministers, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defense and the Governmental Agency of Strategic Reserves on April 15, a plane with humanitarian aid for Armenia departed from Krakow's Balice...


On January 10 2021, the Benedictine Sisters from Wołów, who are the heiresses of the Benedictine Sisters from Lviv gave the Foundation of the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians consecutive extremely valuable gift. These are the remaining 4 portraits of the Lviv...


Dear readers, friends and donors, There have been many changes in the Foundation at the beginning of this year. We will resign from the services of the former bank. Currently it is exclusively BNP Paribas – account number where payments for statutory purposes can be...



Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) was established in Egypt in 1906
as non –profit organization. With the advent of World War II, the headquarters of the organization moved to New York. European headquarters of AGBU are in Brussels.
Recently, this organization has been particularly active in helping the victims of the August explosion in Beirut.
A last month catastrophic explosion at the Beirut port took the lives of many men , women and children. A lot of people were injured. It destroyed and damaged many living compounds as well as destroyed many businesses.
The AGBU’s many years of experience in providing humanitarian aid helped
in urgent organization of immediate aid for Lebanon, where, as we know,
a large Armenian Diaspora lives.
The AGBU 2020 Relief Fund for Lebanon has been established- to the Aid of Thousands. Staff and volunteers are working around the clock to deliver urgent need throughout hardest hit areas. Mobilization of volunteers was carried out as far as task force , hotline, welcome center, clean-up are concerned. Other ranges of activities concerned home repairs and reconstruction ; assessments, funding, rebuild for 500+ homes (reconstruction has already begun).
Food Support Programs: monthly food provisions for 5,000+Armenians as well as prepared meals helping non-Armenians.
Medical Aid and Counseling: dispensaries providing medical aid to Armenians and some non-Armenians, support programs, trauma counseling for youth.

AGBU_bieg dla LibanuAGBU’s Run for Lebanon
Within the action Lebanon AGBU also proposed the organization of 10 K Global Run on October 25 this year.
The principal premises for this event are as follows;
AGBU 10 K GLOBAL RUN , Marketing and Promotions – September
/Some details from AGBU Brussels websites are quoted below in the text/
Phase 1
RECRUIT▪Globalemailblastandsocialmediacampaign▪Chapters/YPs/Partners use marketing materials to encourage sign-ups (email blasts and social media campaigns -ongoing)▪Chapters/YPs/Partnersactively recruit local runners/fundraisers▪Runners (Fundraisers) startsoliciting personal network for donations
Phase 2
D O N A T I O N S Global and Europe recruiting continues as needed▪Globalemail blast and social media campaign encouraging donations▪
Chapters/YPs/Partnersencourage local donors to support efforts of local runners/fundraisers▪Chapters/YPs/ Partnersencourage their runners to fundraise actively throughout this period and to cheer on their efforts.
RUN – Runners are invited to run/walk on their own and at their own pace on October 25,2020 where ever in the world they are.
CELEBRATE – All are invited to take part in the post-run celebrations on October 25th
Organizers suggest to take advantage of the posts texts in media ,such as;
Suggestion 1:We need you to help raise funds for Lebanon. Anyone can participate. Walk, Run, or Jog! Sign up to help feed those in need.
Suggestion 2:Help us feed those most in need in Lebanon. You can raise funds by joining the 10K Global Run. It’s easy -walk, jog, run. Anyone can participate.
Suggestion 3:Walk, jog or run to raise funds for Lebanon relief. You can make a difference by joining our 10K Global Run
As for the banners or flags used during the event, the organizers propose to use specific graphic solutions which are available on the websites of AGBU BRUSSELS.
In general, the event is described in detail on the internet and if you are willing to participate, you will need to refer to the details placed there.

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Gdansk

TVP Gdansk_panoramaGdansk_minister J.Selin
On June 2 last year, a fire broke out in the attic of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Fortunately, it did not harm the main part of the Church, but it seriously damaged the eastern roof truss. The church, one of the oldest in Gdansk, needed immediate renovation. The authorities of Gdańsk and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage came with help. Currently, the renovation is coming to an end.
According to TVP Gdansk in the program on 26/9, Jaroslaw Sellin, Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage, visited the Church. By the way, he was here together with Minister Piotr Glinski right after this unfortunate event. The parish parson, priest Cezary Annusewicz, once again made a huge effort to rebuild the Church of Saints Peter and Paul

The title of the material that appeared on the TVP3 Gdansk website is;
“Church of Saint Peter and Paul recovers its splendor after the fire”.

Armenika at the virtual exhibition of the National Institute of Ossolinskis in Wroclaw

“GOLDEN AGE OF JAGIELLONS” – it is a virtual exhibition prepared on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of King Sigismund II Augustus. It was implemented by the National Institue of Ossolinskis’ in Wroclaw from the collections of the National Institute of Ossolinskis’, the National Museum in Krakow, the Lviv National Library of Ukraine named after W.Stefanyk, Foundation of Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians and private collections. The curator of the exhibition is dr Dorota Sidorowicz- Mulak , and the descriptions to the armenikas presented at the exhibition were prepared by dr Andrzej A. Zieba.
We invite you to see these unique exhibits, take advantage of educational games and interactive texts and listen to a concert of vocal music from the Jagiellonian era.

The exhibition is available under address;

Armenika from the collections of the Foundation are available in the section Society and Economy ….:armenika (Spoleczenstwo i Gospoda ….:armenika).

GORIZ – Program of AGBU related to the development of leadership

Nicolas Tavitian, director of AGBU Europe describes the GORIZ program in this way;
“As recent events in Armenia have shown the history is still being created and Armenians in the world perspective could be a good example of a brave nation deciding of the shape of its future. (…) Armenian nation requires a new generation of effective leaders to be able to face together new challenges. (…) “
Tavitian underlines that everybody of ourselves can have own contribution to the Global Armenian Nation . The Program as such is destined for the group composed of 15 men and 15 women who are to start on the six-month Development of Leadership journey. This journey will be composed of lectures, experimental workshops and activities referring to social relations.
Within the Program GORIZ AGBU Europe organizes the open live Seminar “Leading the Self, Others and Organizations’’ on the 4th of July 2020 at 15.00 hrs. Registration; The seminar will be conducted by Armen Ovanesoff, chief director of Accenture, The link to this event is;



The murders of the Armenian people began on the 24th of April 1915. Most of Armenian intelligentsia were arrested and killed. The further step was deportation of Armenian Community from subsequent regions of Turkey to Mesopotamia and Syria.
It was connected with many weeks forced marches through wilderness and deserts. During these marches deportees were robbed ,tortured and murdered. In total over one million of Armenians were deprived of life. To this day, Turkey refuses to recognize these mass murders as genocide.

On 23rd of April in the Polish TV channel TVP Historia at 20.00 hrs was presented the film dedicated to the said topic. It is available online; ludobojstwo-ormian

Ludobójstwo_OrmianPriest Professor Józef Naumowicz
Pastor of Armenian Catholics
gave us the following message;

On April 24, I urge you to celebrate in a special way the day of remembrance of the genocide of Armenians We cannot as every year gather at Khachkars in various centers in Poland (Kraków,Wroclaw, Gdansk, Warszawa, and others) in order to pray together, lay flowers, pay homage to the victims. We cannot walk through the streets of cities in memory marches with banners and Armenian flags in order to constantly remind everybody about this tragedy. However, we can cultivate this memory individually or in families. We can also pray for the victims of this slaughter, for peace and pray to the Armenian martyrs.

I wish to remind you that we have Holy Armenian martyrs.

  • Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Mardin in Turkey Ignacy Maloyan was beatified in Vatican by the Pope John Paul II in 2001.He was killed of martyrs death. He was imprisoned and subjected to terrible torture. He refused to convert to Islam. He was sentenced to be shot. Before execution on 11th of June 1915 he rejected the offer to save his life for the price of renouncing his faith.’
  • In August 2015 Flawian Michal Melki Syrian Catholic Bishop was beatified. He was murdered during the genocide of Armenians and Assyrians on 29th of August 1915 for refusing to convert to Islam. The solemn beatification took place in Lebanon. On behalf of the Pope Francis Cardinal Angelo Sodano was leading the Ceremony.
  • On 23rd of April 2015 Armenian Apostolic Church canonized victims of the Genocide from the beginning of 20th Century recognizing them as martyrs. Taking into consideration the number of candidates for altars it was , as it seems to be, the biggest canonization in the history of Christianity ( 1,5 mln of martyrs ). This very canonization was carried out (then on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the tragic events – 24th of April 2015 ) by two Armenian Catholicoses Karekin II and Aram I. At the Ceremony were present representatives of other denominations and among them Roman Catholic and Armenian Catholic churches.
    24th of April was designated as the day of holy martyrs in the Apostolic liturgy calendar. They suffered martyr’s death for their faith and homeland during the genocide of Armenians. It is therefore the new saints memorial day.

Let the symbolic forget-me-not flower purple and blue be a sign of the tragedy and at the same time sign of fortitude, glory and faith of Armenian martyrs of years 1915-17 who were killed for their homeland and Christian faith.

On 24.IV I will be praying individually by the Khachkar at Ormianski Skwer (Warszawa Sadyba) and by the Khachkar near the Temple of God’s Providence (Warszawa-Wilanow).

Priest Józef Naumowicz


Przeglad_WschIn the issue no 2 (58) of the quarterly Przegląd Wschodni (Eastern Review) you can find the text of Marcin Tyszka in which the author discusses the activities of the Armenian-Catholic Parish in Stanislawów. The full title of this article is “Before the destruction; From the history of the Armenian Catholic Parish in Stanisławów in the last years of its existence”. Marcin Tyszka using among others documents available in the Foundation of Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians describes the most important events of the Parish life presenting its picture in the last years of independence and the period of occupation. He quotes the information about the constant church services and the celebrations related to the liturgical calendar. He quotes as well the coverage of major events like the coronation of the image of Gracious Lady in 1937 which appeared to be a unique celebration in the life of the Parish and Stanislawów city. In the presented text we also see how the years of occupation forced the Parish to reduced activities limited mostly to beseeching services and holy masses with the intentions “ for a happy return”. The author appreciates especially the great commitment of acting there priests despite a lot of difficulties which were taking place in connection with tragic times.
In the same number of Przeglad Wschodni (Eastern Review) Dariusz Maciak prepared a chronicle of the most important events from 2026-2018 that took place in centers in Poland associated with the celebration of the 650th anniversary of the granting of the privilege for Polish Armenians by King Casimir the Great in 1367.



Awedis_42(Word from the editor)
Dear Readers.

We did not think that such a moment would ever come, and yet it came. Wherever you look there is only one valid topic – epidemic. The scale and speed of spreading of the virus are unheard of in the 21st century. There is an extremely difficult situation of individuals, enterprises, organizations and lastly countries and the whole world. There are uncertainty of tomorrow and hardships of quarantine. However, we know all this and we must somehow survive this difficult time. You also have to remember about the hard work of people on the front lines – doctors, nurses and rescuers.

We should think whether, in this situation, we cannot help anyone, even at a distance.  In the meantime, however, our editors continue their work hoping that the articles in “AWEDIS” will help at least for a moment to divert attention from what is outside the window and take time when we almost do not go outside. In our magazine as always there are many memories, biographies and a lot of history. There are as well coverage of events and presentation of new publications. We hope, and we believe you certainly do, that the situation will get improved as soon as possible and that life will soon return to normal. to download.

Editorial office


Lehahayer_6The sixth issue of the magazine devoted to the history of Polish Armenians has just been published – “LEHAHAYER”. As usual, its content is very interesting. Monika Agopsowicz undertakes attempts to reconstruct the list of names of Kamieniec Armenians in the 17th century. Dorota Jarzabek-Wasyl writes about enterprising Warsaw Armenians of whom Szymonowicz most probably became the archetype of character from Bohomolec comedy. Maksym Potapenko describes Armenians from Mohylow Podolski, while Father Marek Milawicki quotes sources of Armenian Catholic Church history from Vienna collections. You may also find there a very interesting lecture by Wahan Ohanian, mekhitarist from Venice on Gewondian Alishan , the 19th century poet and historian from Armenia, who was as well a monk and intellectual. Tomasz Krzyzhowski talks over the correspondence between the Archbishop Joseph Teodorowicz and the Primate Cardinal Augustyn Hlond. Romana Obrocka elaborates the Letters from Lagr (Concentration Camp) by Isaaak Antoni Donigiewicz.
In the part of the magazine called “Voices, Reviews, Information” one may find among others; Krzysztof Stopka returns to the fate of the Gospel from Skewra. Andrzej Pisowicz takes out origin of the name Penderecki. Andrzej Zieba writes about the discovery from Jass which might turn out to be the picture by T.Axentowicz “Baptism of Armenia” ordered originally by the Priest Bogdanowicz for the Church in Suczawa. Andrzej Zieba is also the author of the report about inauguration of activities of the Research Center on Armenian Culture in Poland.


Klasztor na San LazzaroAccording to Onet news (wiadomości.onet) the Italian archaeologist, candidate for doctor’s degree Vittoria Dall’Armellina when visiting the monastery of Armenian Mekhitarists at the Italian Island of San Lazarro in 2017 has noticed in the collection the sword which, according to her opinion, was much older than its description attached. After detailed research works it appeared that this sword was given to monks 150 years ago by an Armenian collector. It is 5,000 years old and comes from before the bronze age as evidenced by the alloy from which it was made. According to available documents the sword was found near the town of Trabzon at the south-east coast of Black Sea. By the way, it is interesting what extraordinary treasures are still hidden in the magnificent collections of the Armenian Monastery. One may find more details about this sensational discovery;

Wirtualny Świat Polskich Ormian