Program 3 in a photogallery

June 17, 2015 5:18 pm

(1) The whole Program 3 had been offered to Our Lady long before it began


(2) Just before hour zero


(3) Topic 1: “Culture Invited Home”


(4) Workshop summary


(5) Though we talk in foreign languages, the problems are not foreign at all


(6) Paul John, the youngest Coach in this Program


(7) Matthew Spielberg-Cuarón was shooting a film about the Program


(8) Meal time (Marychu & Juan Manuel,  Agnieszka on the far right, first row: Pepe and Armin)


(9) Song of songs festival 😉


(10) Workshop in the English-speaking group


(11) Think-tank with the Coaches of the Polish group – Dosia and  Jarek – before Workshop 6



(12) Workshop-workout: Yes, we can!


(13) Take your time to prepare a good strategy for this one!


(14) The Programs Co-Author, Agnieszka Rogalska, arrived from Warsaw for the Holy Mass


(15) The Mass with the Renewal of Marriage Vows – celebrated by a “Befriended Priest from Poland”


(16) We were joined by our Friends – the Graduates of Programs from Wrocław


(17) Renewed in love


(18) And they lived long and happily ever after


Photos: Małgorzata Rybak (1), (3) and (6), Danusia Opala (16), (17), (18), Beatriz Gonzalez – the remaining ones


June 13, 2015 11:42 am

So this has happened at last – we are so happy to be the hosts of the international Program 3 in Poland, near the metropoly of Wroclaw, in a small village named “Krzydlina Mała”, at the retreat center of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We started today with the Mass on the Feast of Her Immaculate Heart, hoping and believing she is taking us all under her tender and maternal protection: the ones present here, the ones who had enrolled but could not come, the participants and the organizers, and those joining us remotely in their prayers, for which we are so very grateful.

It is also a very special time for me. As a person involved in the “overseas” activity of the Foundation, I have known many of our allies only from correspondence. To meet them in person is a wonderful thing – to which I’d been looking so much forward.

The Program is running in the double, bilingual version: one for the Polish-speaking group, and the other for the English-speaking one. A tough task for Fr. Jay: giving a lecture by lecture, switching languages, with less than one hour break between them (if any). It is also a challenge for my and Andrew’s four-month old son, who is among the youngest coaches of Love and Life Programs 😉

The couples made the effort to come here from Scotland (our Foundation’s IT Team), England, Belgium, and Mexico – and of course Poland. Among nationalities we have also Venezuela and Colombia. It’s so great to see that God works in people’s hearts in such distant parts of the world, and living by the grace of the Programs becomes an everyday reality for so many. When we share our experience during the workshop part, it turns out that our ups and downs, and problems to deal with are the same – like protecting your children in the era of technological revolution or balancing life and work.

We are asking for your support in prayers and offering your acts of love for this event and for all us involved – we count on you as part of the “global parish”, as Beatriz Gonzalez (who coordinates Programs in Latin America) says. Thank you so much for being with us.



Book and international Program 3

April 1, 2015 7:54 pm

We are also happy to inform you that in January 2015, Fr. Szymczak and Małgorzata Rybak finished writing their book, which is now being reviewed; we are hoping to publish it soon. We also hope that one day you will be able to read it in English. Every day you can read Fr. Jay’s short homilies in English on our blog. We give special thanks to Carol Dillon who supports us faithfully with her outstanding proofreading skills.

On June 12-14, 2015, an international Program 3: OUR FAMILY+SOCIETY will take place in Wrocław, followed by the first meeting of FamilyCare Centers from Poland and abroad. We hope to exchange experiences and share our best practices with the newly emerging centers.