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Forbidden Art comes to Orchard Lake, August 17-31




We are extremely happy that for the first time in OLS history, The Polish Mission is hosting the WORLD premier of this first-of-it’s kind exhibition from the world’s most recognizable authority on Poland’s tragic history during WWII.  After two years of planning, the 20-panel exhibition has been created to showcase the powerful history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site through the eyes of prisoner-artists, allowing for an unprecedented view of the past through the intimacy of the artist’s touch.

As the exclusive North American partner with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (A-BSM), The Polish Mission has created a tour across the United States for Forbidden Art.

Please join us as we celebrate a new milestone for our community, and


Passing of Rev. Msgr. Walter Joseph Ziemba, Ph.D.


Passing of Rev. Msgr. Walter Joseph Ziemba, Ph.D.

Rector-President-Superintendent of the Orchard Lake Schools (1967-1977)

Born November 26, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan,

The son of Thomas and Sophia (Sosnowski) Ziemba


ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. (6-8-12) – The Orchard Lake Schools have lost one of its greatest leaders.  Msgr. Walter Ziemba passed into eternal life on Friday, June 8, 2012, in Petoskey, Michigan.  Msgr. Ziemba had been on the Schools’ campus for 68 years.  He graduated from St. Hyacinth Grade School in Detroit; graduated with highest honors from St. Mary’s Preparatory at Orchard Lake (Class of 1944) and St. Mary’s College in 1947.  He was appointed to the Orchard Lake Schools’ faculty in 1951, and was rector-president-superintendent of the Schools from 1967-1977.  He retired in 1996.  Msgr. Ziemba spent all 61 years of his priestly life assigned to the Orchard Lake Schools.


A native of Detroit’s east side, Msgr. Ziemba, 85, was ordained in 1951 for the Archdiocese of Detroit.  In 1966, he was awarded a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.  Msgr. Ziemba served numerous positions on the faculty and in administration, including teaching in the Seminary, college, prep, librarian, dean of St. Mary’s College, executive secretary of the alumni association, director of the Friends of Orchard Lake, secretary-general of the Orchard Lake Schools, charter member of Founder’s Day, and director of the Pope John Paul II Center.


During his tenure as CEO of the Schools, Msgr. Ziemba founded the Center for Polish Studies and Culture, the Center for Pastoral Studies, the Polish American Liturgical Center and the Orchard Lake Ambassadors.  He hosted visits by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla–Pope John Paul II- to the campus in 1969 and 1976, and served as translator-interpreter for the cardinal’s visits to other areas of the United States.


In 1971, Msgr. Ziemba and Edward Piszek, then president-owner of Mrs. Paul’s Kitchens, inaugurated “Project:  POLE,” a $500,000 nation-wide public relations campaign to promote a positive image of Polish culture and heritage.


Major construction projects included a $2.1 million residence hall in 1971 and, two years later, a fieldhouse donated by alumnus Robert Dombrowski.  In 2001, Msgr. Ziemba was awarded the 2001 Fidelitas Medal for “fidelity in serving God and country through the realization of the religious and cultural ideals of the forefathers” of the Orchard Lake Schools.  He shared the honor with his schoolmate and lifetime friend, Msgr. Stanley E. Milewski.


Among Msgr. Ziemba’s publications, he translated the prison notes of Cardinal Stephen Wyszynski titled A Freedom Within, for which he received the Christopher Award, wrote several books of poetry and numerous articles about the Orchard Lake Schools and the American Polonia.


Msgr. Ziemba will lie in repose in the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, Sunday, June 10, 12:00pm through 9:00pm and Monday, June 11, 1:00pm through 9:00pm.  The funeral Mass will be Tuesday, June 12 at 11:00am at the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake.  Burial will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery


Library Training – Monday, June 11


The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library will close at 12:00 pm on Monday, June 11 for off-site training.

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, June 12.

Thank you – the Library Team



Polish Mission hosts luncheon for Dr. Berska at Library


On Wednesday, April 18th, Dr. Barbara Berska, Deputy Director-General of the National Archives of Poland will be here for a very brief visit.  An exclusive luncheon and presentation will be held in the library, at 2 pm by Marcin Chumiecki and the Polish Mission to discuss the future of the National Archives and the preservation of artifacts.

In honor of Dr. Berska’s visit, the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library will close at 1:00 pm.

Thank you for your patience.  We will resume normal business hours, Thursday, April 19, 2012.




Seek and ye shall find – April 9-13th @ SSCMS Academic Advising


Have a calling?  Aren’t quite sure and you don’t know who to ask?  If you have questions about religious education, please ask any and all questions during SS. Cyril & Methodius’ Academic Advising and Registration period.  Current Lay Ministry students can clarify their path during this period and new students can learn about the possibilities of their mission.  New students are always welcome.

For more information about Lay Ministry, please call Sr. Karen Shirilla @ 248.683.0312 or access our website

God Bless you on this exciting journey!




Lay Ministry Student Lenten Day of Reflection – March 4, 2012


We extend a special invitation for lay ministry students and their spouses to join SS. Cyril & Methodius for a day of reflection during the season of Lent on March 4, 2012.

You can learn all about this half day session by selecting this link – Lenten Day of Reflection or contact Sr. Karen Shirilla 248-683-0312.

God Bless!



Please Join us for the 2nd Annual Patronal Feast Celebration Dinner – February 11, 2012

Dear Patrons of the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library & Friends of the Community –

I’m sure it is no coincidence that our patronal feast takes place on February 14th.  The love on the shores of this campus can be quite palpable at times, and the love for SS. Cyril & Methodius is one of those times.  They are known as evangelizers, educators and heralded for their love of culture and literature.  These are virtues that we hope to bestow upon all the men that come to the shores of Orchard Lake.

We hope that you can join us, along with the sons of SS. Cyril & Methodius, in this joyous event.  We’d love to share our future as well as our history with you.  The link below provides all the details to a wonderful evening.  Blessings!

SS. Cyril & Methodius Patronal Feast 2012


Happy Holidays from the Library!


Whew . . . just when you feel like you’ve awakened from your turkey coma, it’s time to start planning for your Christmas feast.  Before you tuck in, prepare for Christmas relatives, or finish trimming the tree, please note the HOLIDAY HOURS for the remainder of the semester:

MONDAY – THURSDAY   8:00 AM – 6:00 PM      &      FRIDAY  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM






AUTUMN RHAPSODY in the Gallery





Maida Library Awarded Grant for Digital Archive!


Well, it’s not bragging if it’s true, right?  Our humble Library has won a grant, along with three local academic libraries, to begin a digital archive repository.   So bring your memorabilia, dissertations and photographs to the Library, we’ve got more than the space – we’ve got D SPACE.



The Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) has recently announced plans to begin work on a DALNET Digital Archive Repository, where several unique collections will be available for free online access to DALNET institutions, researchers and the public.

Hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy, the repository will be built using DSpace, an open-source software product that preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets. “I am pleased that DALNET will be developing this resource and that long standing members, the University of Detroit Mercy, are playing an integral part in making this happen,” said DALNET Executive Director, Steven Bowers. “The Board has wanted to pursue such a project for several years.”

To begin the project, the DALNET Board of Directors awarded a major grant to four of its member institutions: Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, Detroit Medical Center, Marygrove College and Oakland Community College.  After initial implementation, the service will be available to all DALNET members that wish to participate.

DALNET is a community of libraries working together to provide access to information for research, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning opportunities.  Hosted at Wayne State University since 1985, DALNET enables libraries to maximize their investments through shared resources. Over the past two decades, the consortium has grown to 20 member libraries that serve the information needs of their users through innovative, collaborative networking among various types of libraries and their personnel in southeast Michigan.